The Song of Geneva Chance: A Paul Storey Crime Thriller (Paul Storey Thrillers Book 3)
When Storey, former police officer and now informally a PI, takes on a seemingly simple case of the theft of two guitars, he has no idea what he is getting into. The Chance family, a pop group whose popularity peaked ten years ago, leads him into drug smuggling and murder. Faced with petty thieves, Albanian drug smugglers, and a couple of mysterious murders, Storey must draw on all his experience to solve the case.
Theme of the Book
The Song of Geneva Chance is not simply a crime novel, though there are crimes aplenty. It is also a story of redemption and revenge. These two threads form the motives for most of the characters in the novel but where redemption is a lifelong process, revenge leads only to downfall.
What I Liked About the Story
Storey is a wonderful character. Unsure of his place in the world, he vacillates between inactivity and stopping crime. He seems to have very few personal connections having isolated himself from friends and seemingly having no family to speak of. Storey is the existential hero – acting according to what he believes is right without regard for success or for the future. Yet he acts with humor and with fairness. His cool temperament leads him into situations in which the only recourse is violence, but this, with Storey, is always a last resort. He much prefers talking his way out of sticky situations and does so with general success.
The other characters in the novel are equally well drawn. The members of the Chance family: Adam, Johnny, Tim, and Geneva are the perfect picture of a formerly successful pop group. They are spoiled, rich, uncaring, and isolated both personally and professionally. It is not until the end of the book that the reader discovers what has made them this way.
Of the peripheral characters, the best is Diamant. An Albanian immigrant, Diamant is torn between following the orders of his boss, Odeta, and wanting to make a life for himself.
The plot moves quickly with plenty of twists and turns and unexpected revelations. There are no obvious holes in the reasoning and readers, while they will have had plenty of clues, will be shocked by the revelations at the end of the book.
What I Didn’t Like About the Story
There is little to dislike about The Song of Geneva Chance except, perhaps, the ending. Without giving too much away, I will say that I found the ending a bit contrived and was very disappointed by Diamant.
This is the second Storey novel I have read and this one is better than the first. I started the book in the afternoon and read right through until I’d finished it late at night. Mr. Dixon has created a great character in Storey, full of humanity and easy to like. I am looking forward to the next installment.