Title: FLUKE: OR, I KNOW WHY THE WINGED WHALE SINGS|
Author: Christopher Moore
Edition released: 2007
Reviewed by: Adam Donnison
Nathan Quinn is having a hard enough time of doing research into whale song without the distraction of his cute assistant, when the impossible sight of "BITE ME" in foot high letters on the tail of a whale makes him wonder if he is going mad. But Nate is a scientist, and will wait for the evidence before he decides if is sanity is slipping or if someone is playing a practical joke at his expense. Getting back to the shore he finds his research facility wrecked and later the crucial shot is missing from the film he has sent to be developed. This is not normal and something is very fishy about all of this.
Does it have anything to do with the uniformed naval officer accompanying another research team? Nate has his suspicions, but then he is also suspicious about the fake rasta-hawaiian Kona (or Preston Applebaum according to his ID), even though Clay, his long term partner, assures him that Kona is a great asset, despite his annoying affected accent. Clay always was one to take people on face value though.
FLUKE is a superb mix of hilarity and drama, coupled with a premise that is simply irresistible. Moore has done a fantastic job with this book, with great characters and situations that are so well described you can picture yourself in the warm waters of the Pacific, being sprayed by the salt water splash of the diving whales.
The pace picks up almost from the outset and the twists and turns keep coming all the way through. An enjoyable ride through the mind of a master story teller.