Monkey in the Middle Retired Army captain Dutch Flowers is a disgraced Gulf War hero hired to investigate a murder in a secret science facility. The catch is that… Monkey in the Middle Retired Army captain Dutch Flowers is a disgraced Gulf War hero hired to investigate a murder in a secret science facility. The catch is that… Fiction
Book Review

MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE (2014)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Writer: Josh Pryor; Genre: Fiction

Retired Army captain Dutch Flowers is a disgraced Gulf War hero hired to investigate a murder in a secret science facility. The catch is that the victim -- and the presumed murderer -- are both genetically altered chimps gone haywire. Pryor's debut novel weaves a preop transsexual assassin, a plot to kill Saddam Hussein, and those half-human apes into a woolly tale of sci-fi weirdness and postwar paranoia. While the story has no trouble holding your interest, Pryor gums up the works by trying too hard to pull in left-field allusions like this one: ''The bottle of 101-proof Wild Turkey...was empty but for the sacramental vapors lingering inside of it like a tapped-out genie.'' What hath Vonnegut wrought?

Originally posted Apr 11, 2003 Published in issue #704 Apr 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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