Dominic by Mark Pryor
Prometheus Books: 1/2/18
eBook review copy; 239 pages
Hollow Man #2
Dominic by Mark Pryor is a recommended novel featuring a psychopathic antihero.
Dominic is a charming Englishman,
prosecutor in juvenile court, and musician living in Austin, Texas. He
is also a psychopath who got away with murder a year ago. Dominic has
known since he was in school in England that he is a psychopath. He has
no natural sense of empathy, guilt, or fear, so he has studied other
people to learn how to imitate appropriate responses. But he can also
recognize other psychopaths, which is how he recognized that Bobby, the
teenage brother of the young woman he is seeing, is also a psychopath.
For his nameless girlfriend, Dominic has been trying to protect Bobby
from incarceration and steer him in the right direction, but, as he well
knows, psychopaths think they are too clever to get caught and aren't
impulse control or following directions.
McNulty, Dominic's annoying fellow juvenile prosecutor, expresses
interest in a judicial position that Dominic is also interested in,
Dominic knows he's going to have to orchestrate a plan. Adding to the
problems is Detective Megan Ledsome, an officer who
is still keeping an eye on Dominic and suspects he was involved in the
unsolved murder from a year ago. Dominic needs to come up with a
complicated plan to keep himself safe and get what he wants.
You can easily follow the plot in this second novel featuring Dominic without having read the first novel, 2015's Hollow Man.
The chapters alternate between the voices of Dominic, Brian, and
Dominic's girlfriend. Dominic plans out his dark, evil scheme while
maintaining his charming facade, although readers are privy to his
Dominic is well-written and certainly has some surprising plot
twists. It held my attention throughout. The biggest hurdle Pryor has to
clear is helping readers find, if not sympathy, at least some rapport
with his psychopathic antihero who lacks normal human emotions. It's
kind of a hard sell that, while it has worked for other readers, didn't
really work for me. I began to hope that Brian McNulty was not the
schlub he seemed to be and was secretly planning his own long-con behind
Dominic's back. I guess it doesn't bode well for your antihero
protagonist when the reader is hoping he gets taken down.
My review copy was courtesy of Prometheus Books.