The Source by Michael Cordy — and a lack of geology

The Source by Michael Cordy is not, I suspect, my type of book, being a historical adventure crime thriller of the religious "Indiana code" variety (this time to do with the Garden of Eden rather than the Ark or the descendants of Christ). However, I was taken with Michelle Peckham's review on Euro Crime (she recommends the book), and this part in particular:

The main character, Ross Kelly is apparently a geologist, and I thought this might have been used to more effect as they searched for and then reached the garden. But his skills in reading rocks and geological formations were not really used in his quest.

It seems a wasted opportunity, to write a book about a lost archaelogical artefact, featuring a geologist, and not have these scientific skills involved in the solution to the mystery, or otherwise be critically useful. Surely a specialist knowledge of the type of rock at a crucial moment in the plot, or a convenient hammer kept strapped to the ankle underneath the trousers, could have been worked in? Sedimentary, my dear Watson.

2 thoughts on “The Source by Michael Cordy — and a lack of geology

  1. Cfr, I agree!
    My uncle (who inspired me to blog) who is into crime fiction and geology suggested that I write a post about crime and geology, but I can hardly use this one if it is not really about geology anyway. I don´t understand either why one would come up with an expert of that kind without using his expert knowledge in the book.

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