In his first novel, Brit Victor Robert Lee is aiming high, his literary creation Cono meant to be on the same lofty level as James Bond and Jason Bourne. In Performance Anomalies, a cloak-and-dagger thriller, the first of a series, the hero is pretty much a cypher.
Performance Anomalies by Victor Robert Lee, 280pp, 2012 Perimeter Six paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 450 baht
Partly Oriental, born in Brazil, the son of a mathematics teacher and a loving mum, we learn well into the story that his father killed his mother (suspecting her of being unfaithful), then himself. The boy is presented as extraordinary in every way. He understands complex concepts, picks up languages effortlessly, is agile beyond belief.
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