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Devil's Plaything: A Mystery for Idle Minds    by Matt Richtel order for
Devil's Plaything
by Matt Richtel
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Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Our memories are succumbing to old age. Or are they? Acute memory loss is doubling every fifteen years. Shipments of computer memory loss are doubling every two years. A connection?

Lane Idle has a secret that could affect the world profoundly. Unfortunately, she can't remember what that important secret is. She is in her 80s and suffers severe dementia.

Her thirty year-old grandson, Nat Idle, is an investigative medical journalist trying to drag that lost secret from his grandmother's mind before a certain conspiracy goes bad.

Nat is a little rough around the edges and has a sense of humor that can aggravate others. However, Lane enjoys his witticisms. She herself is a hoot. Even though I had sympathy for her plight, I enjoyed her shenanigans.

Devil's Plaything, a medical thriller that might give us a window on the future, connects neurotech and high technology. Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and novelist. His first novel, Hooked, first of three in the Nat Idle series, was a national best seller. Devil's Plaything is a good read.

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