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Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective

Author
Alexei Maxim Russell
Genre
Media
Book
Publisher
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN
9781849052627
Reviewer
Anna

Synopsis

Trueman Bradley is a genius detective with a difference, he has Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Trueman leaves his hometown of Heartville, Illinois, and arrives in New York City, hoping to fulfil his dream of becoming a private detective, like his comic book heroes. He is soon told that a guy with AS could not possibly succeed as a detective. Undeterred, Trueman uses his exceptional mathematical skills to invent a crime-fighting equation, and with the help of his new friends and some amazing inventions, sets out to test his skills against the criminal world of New York. He is determined to show the police, his friends, and himself, that a guy with AS can become as good a detective as anyone else, maybe, even, one of the best. "Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective" is a fantasy adventure that will capture the imagination of anyone interested in Asperger's Syndrome.

Review

I am a fan of detective novels and Russell does not disappoint... Trueman Bradley entertains and enchants but a secondary benefit is that he educates the reader about Aspergers and shows it as an asset.

Trueman Bradley is a quirky, charming novel about a young man with Aspergers Syndrome who has a talent for mathematics and a penchant for solving problems. From the opening lines I was gently gripped and felt a delight - returning me to my childhood, when I would curl up and read feel-good stories where everything turns out in the end.

Since early childhood, the protagonist, Trueman Bradley has fantasized about being a detective after his favourite comic book hero. Through a series of lucky breaks Trueman soon realizes his dreams of setting up a detective agency. The characterization of Aspergers is nicely observed but perhaps a little clichéd at times, but in a work of fiction I have no problems with this.

Russell's writing style is pleasant and easy, reminiscent of the simplicity and innocence of Alexander McCall Smith

There is more than a soupcon of the comic book plot and Russell takes the reader into the realms of fantasy with Trueman's various electronic problem solving tools. The protagonist's love of comic books is cleverly interwoven into the novel and is stylistically mirrored in the writing. At times it reads like a children's book written for the amusement of adults.

The book is a comforting digression, a welcome escape from the chaotic and sometimes harsh world we inhabit.

I am a fan of detective novels and Russell does not disappoint, I am left wanting more and throughout, because it is so well written, I visualized the book as though it were a tv series running before my eyes.

First and foremost Trueman Bradley entertains and enchants but a secondary benefit is that he educates the reader about Aspergers and shows it as an asset. I look forward to many more Trueman Bradley Stories and maybe he can visit us in England and base a story here.

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