Dead No More (Rhubarb Papers Book 1)

“Language, Lilac!”

Review by Joey Madia

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” —Thomas Jefferson

With this opening epitaph, Pete Adams had me hooked. As the US Federal Reserve (neither Federal nor a Reserve) buys up all it can at a bargain under the banners of Qualitative and Quantitative Easing amid whispers of a trillion-dollar platinum coin Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen could use to avoid a government shutdown, even some old-money families like the Rockefellers in West Virginia are chiming in to say “The Fix Is Fully In.”

Dead No More opens with a car fire that kills two police officers—a mother (Dawn) and daughter (Carol)—and facially scars their granddaughter/daughter, Juliet. Carol’s husband, who is “something in the City,” which is code for a man of importance, is also killed.

It’s clear that the two officers were murdered because they were working on a case involving high-level families and government players who control the financial institutions and key development sectors in London. The police databases involving the conspiracy as well as the conspiracy itself employ a host of food-related code words, like Rhubarb, Vanilla, and Crumble, based on plot-related French and German words decoded as the narrative unfolds. The police database—a case archive—is further coded with words like Mammon (signifying greed). It is a smoking gun worth infecting with viruses, hacking into, and even killing its contributors and administrators to keep secret. Continue reading