“Occam’s Razor”

Expect the unexpected all the way through.

“Occam’s Razor” by Joe Clifford is filled with paradoxes despite the title that hints that the most logical explanation with the fewest complicated assumptions is probably correct.  Readers follow the story through the perspective of Oscar “Oz” Reyes, former football star sidelined by an injury and now director of security operations for Coastal Sports Network. Oz finds that everything he encounters is illogical, and filled with hidden secrets and implications. Sensitive readers should be mindful that the book contains street language, coarse conversations, and a violent crime involving an underage girl.

Oz is a tragic yet compelling character. He wallows in self-pity, and yet realizes that he has, in fact, made a lot of mistakes. Readers know what he thinks, what he says to others, and what others say to him. Delma Dupree, owner of the mega sports conglomerate where Oz works, has a request. “I want you to find who really raped and murdered my granddaughter. Of course Oz has no experience as an investigator, not to mention that someone confessed to the murder and is serving life without parole. 

Clifford provides readers with extensive background on the family, their complicated relationships, their crime dossier, and their moral shortcomings. This is a family from the real south where family secrets are deeply buried. Family members do share some common threads no matter how seemingly disjointed, however Oz soon finds that almost everything about them is inconsistent and unreliable; the Duprees are like a monster that cannot be killed; cut off one head, another takes its place.

 “Occam’s Razor” is the gritty and raw story of power, money, control, perseverance, and lie after lie after lie. I was given a review copy of “Occam’s Razor” by Joe Clifford and Down & out Books. It is a story with twists all along the way from the disputed start to the unexpected finish.