Thriller set in Dallas and Los Angeles (a new take on the JFK assassination of 1963…) – plus author interview

  • Book: Fever City
  • Location: Dallas, Los Angeles
  • Author: Tim Baker

Review Author: tripfiction



Fever City is a brilliant debut novel by Tim Baker that will go down well with aficionados of conspiracy theories surrounding Jack Kennedy’s assassination.

IMG_3179In his research for the book Tim studied all the theories and came to the conclusion that the one he goes with in Fever City is more likely to be true than any other (or, indeed, than the ‘official’ lone gunman explanation…). If he is correct, then the world was / is a very scary place. US big business (oil and arms), the CIA, Cuban exiles, the Mafia, and right wing politicians – Lyndon Johnson paving the way for Richard Nixon – conspired to murder Kennedy. The detail surrounding the events in Dallas on 22nd November 1963 is convincing… even in novel form.

Though Tim Baker clearly believes he may have found the answer to the question of why and how Kennedy was killed (and this is fascinating in itself…), Fever City is a well crafted thriller that excites and has a life away from the assassination theories. It opens in 1960 with a child kidnapping at the Los Angeles estate of Rex Bannister – a much hated and extremely rich businessman. The kidnapping (and its investigation) bring together for the first time Hastings, a hired assassin, and Nick Alston, a private investigator. The two cross paths again in 1963 in the run up to the assassination. The final part of the story is in 2014 when Alston’s son, an investigative journalist, travels to Dallas with the intention of debunking some of the conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death… only to find evidence that his father may well have been involved on the fringes the plot. The book is not for the faint hearted (it contains a lot of pretty graphic violence), but it is extremely well worked. It is a book that it is best not to dip in and out of… far better to read it in sizeable chunks. In small bites it could be confusing… Each chapter is titled with the location and the date, but the story moves quite rapidly across the decades with the same characters appearing in the differing time lines (especially 1960 and 1963). Attention is needed! As indeed is the case with the characters themselves. A number of seemingly fairly similar villains vie for our attention – distinguishing them is not always easy. The plot is complex but very convincing, and has a surprising last page revelation.

Tim, an Australian, now lives on the French Riviera – and used to work for the Australian Embassy in Paris as their Head Of Consular Services… a role that involved liaising with international police and law enforcement agencies in cases of murder, kidnapping, and hostage taking. The experience he gained feeds through into the book and adds to its authenticity.

Fever City is a good and very thought provoking work. I recommend it as an excellent read…

This review first appeared on our blog where we also talk to the author.

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