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Omphalos [Reading] ➶ Omphalos By Gerald Lynch – Thomashillier.co.uk When Eugene DeLint, the head of Omphalos, the world s dominant philanthropic organization, is found murdered, Detective Kevin Beldon is called in Beldon, who readers will be familiar with Detective Ke When Eugene DeLint, the head of Omphalos, the world s dominant philanthropic organization, is found murdered, Detective Kevin Beldon is called in Beldon, who readers will be familiar with Detective Kevin Beldon from Lynch s previous novels, Missing Children and Troutstream, has been on medical leave, and he brings along much personal and professional baggage his wife Cynthia is a recent suicide, his absent son Bill is a disappointment, and his daughter Kelly, who began her legal career at Omphalos, is emotionally distant with him Kevin is still disturbed from his failure the year before to have solved the so called Widower serial killings He still suspects that the escaped Widower was connected to Omphalos, and secretly he views Eugene DeLint s murder as a last chance to solve the Widower case and so absolve his wife of the sin of suicide.


7 thoughts on “Omphalos

  1. Maura Maura says:

    Loved it


  2. Barbara Sibbald Barbara Sibbald says:

    My first clue that this not your typical gum shoe detective novel, is the fact that I had to look up the meaning of the title In the novel, Omphalos is the name of a world dominating philanthropic organization, and site of a particularly gruesome murder of its erstwhile leader In mythology, omphalos is a powerful stone artifact, an object of religious symbolism believed to allow direct communication with the gods and considered the navel of the world from which all terrestrial life originate My first clue that this not your typical gum shoe detective novel, is the fact that I had to look up the meaning of the title In the novel, Omphalos is the name of a world dominating philanthropic organization, and site of a particularly gruesome murder of its erstwhile leader In mythology, omphalos is a powerful stone artifact, an object of religious symbolism believed to allow direct communication with the gods and considered the navel of the world from which all terrestrial life originated In the Hellenic version of the myth, Cronos devours his sons to preempt a prophesy that he will be overthrown by them There are several omphalos stones, one of which is shaped like the dome of the charities headquarters The novel s parallels to the grisly myth don t end there Police Detective Kevin Belden, who also appeared in Lynch s Troutstream and Missing Children, is enticed out of medical leave to solve the murder He s been recovering from his wife s alleged suicide and his inability to crack the so called Widower serial killings Could the Omphalos murder case allow him to resolve both and reclaim his life Belden s pessimism, old school detecting and manly silence bring to mind Raymond Chandler s Philip Marlowe, but there are modern twists Belden s been in therapy and he s technologically astute I found the sections on cyber tracking too detailed for my taste, but undoubtedly others will enjoy them Besides, they aren t enough to distract from the essential narrative which is filled with side plots and twists galore from factioning to voodoo plus a wonderful setting, warts and all, in the not so distant future in our very own downtown Ottawa Enough is resolved to satisfy, but also to fuel another book I look forward to Detective Belden s ongoing exploits


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