In 1991, after a
decade of dedicating his writing efforts to academic
works, Cory returned to writing mystery novels,
introducing a new series character, Professor
The first Dobie novel, The Strange
Attractor , introduces us to an absent-minded
maths professor who stumbles into the world of
computer hacking, high-tech thievery, and multiple
murder. Through wit and a clever plot, Cory takes
Dobie through an intriguing sequence of events
where he is drugged, tied up and made to witness
a murder. New characters such as his girl-friend
Dr. Kate Boyle, and Detective Inspector Michael
Jackson (Wacko Jacko) add further spice to this
clever mystery novel.
The Strange Attractor was enthusiastically
received, Publisher’s Weekly calling it a “near
perfect puzzler, written with intelligence and
laced with wit.” .
|The Strange Attractor
(published as The Catalyst in the USA)
|The Mask of Zeus
|The Dobie Paradox
Unlike earlier series characters
that depended on speed and brawn, Dobie solves
murders by applying laws of maths and probability.
In his second novel, The Mask of Zeus, Dobie arrives
in Cyprus to take over the chair of a woman murdered
by her husband. He has to put aside the memory
of his own wife's tragic death and use literary
allusions, historical events, and mathematical
logic to unravel a mystery based in mythology.
Despite its humourous style, there is a serious
side to this book, touching on the politics and
atrocities of the more recent civil war.
The third, The Dobie Paradox, sees
John Dobie and Dr Kate Coyle return to Wales where
they brave an Atlantic gale to visit a patient
in a clinic, only to find a young girl lying in
a coma. Like its predecessors, the joy of the
book lies in the wit of its writing, and in the
ingenious plots that Cory conjures up.
The Strange Attractor
"This near-perfect puzzler, written with intelligence
and laced with wit." - Publishers
"A genuine baffler.. Offbeat, funny, and ingenious.
Embrace the technology and enjoy." - Literary
The Mask of Zeus
"Cory composes his mythical mosaic with stunning
literacy." - The Sunday
The Dobie Paradox
"You hear there was a Golden Age of
thrillers in Britain between the wars.
When you read Cory you realize that
it hasn't ended."-
South Wales Echo
"Cory goes in for complex plots, but
the joy of the book lies in the wit of its writing"-