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What The Left Hand Was Doing   By: (1927-1987)

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What The Left Hand Was Doing by Randall Garrett is an exceptional science fiction novel that flawlessly combines elements of mystery and intrigue with advanced technological concepts. Set in a futuristic society where telepathy is a common ability, the story follows the adventures of protagonist Jack Crudell, an extraordinary telepathic detective.

Garrett's skillfully crafted narrative immediately immerses readers into a world that feels both familiar and yet significantly different from our own. The author's attention to detail in depicting the intricacies of telepathic communication and its implications on society is truly commendable. The telepathic abilities of the characters are not used merely as plot devices but are thoroughly explored, making the concept feel plausible and engaging.

The intricate plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats, as Jack Crudell is faced with a complex case involving a missing person and a series of mysterious events. Garrett expertly weaves a web of suspense and numerous twists, ensuring that the reader will remain captivated until the very last page. The pacing is superb, never lagging, and delivering just the right amount of action and suspense in each chapter.

The character development is another aspect that shines in this novel. Jack Crudell is a fascinating protagonist, exhibiting a wide range of emotions and flaws that make him relatable and believable. The interactions between characters, particularly the exchanges between Crudell and his telepathic peers, are so well-written that the reader can effortlessly empathize with their struggles and motivations.

While the plot and characters undoubtedly steal the spotlight, Garrett's writing style is equally impressive. The prose is elegant and concise, allowing the story to flow smoothly without unnecessary verbosity. The dialogue is sharp and witty, enhancing the overall enjoyability of the reading experience.

What The Left Hand Was Doing is a thought-provoking novel that not only entertains but also delves deep into themes of identity, privacy, and the moral implications of telepathic abilities. It offers a unique perspective on how such powers would shape society and challenges the reader to ponder their own views on topics like ethics and individuality.

In conclusion, What The Left Hand Was Doing is a brilliant blend of science fiction and mystery, showcasing Randall Garrett's mastery of storytelling and his ability to create a compelling and immersive world. With its well-developed characters, captivating plot, and insightful exploration of societal implications, this novel is a must-read for fans of the genre.

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There is no lie so totally convincing as something the other fellow already knows for sure is the truth. And no cover story so convincing....


The building itself was unprepossessive enough. It was an old fashioned, six floor, brick structure that had, over the years, served first as a private home, then as an apartment building, and finally as the headquarters for the organization it presently housed.

It stood among others of its kind in a lower middle class district of Arlington, Virginia, within howitzer range of the capitol of the United States, and even closer to the Pentagon. The main door was five steps up from the sidewalk, and the steps were flanked by curving balustrades of ornamental ironwork. The entrance itself was closed by a double door with glass panes, beyond which could be seen a small foyer. On both doors, an identical message was blocked out in neat gold letters: The Society For Mystical and Metaphysical Research, Inc.

It is possible that no more nearly perfect cover, no more misleading front for a secret organization ever existed in the history of man. It possessed two qualities which most other cover up titles do not have. One, it was so obviously crackpot that no one paid any attention to it except crackpots, and, two, it was perfectly, literally true... Continue reading book >>

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