Review for “The Corporate Whore of Babylon”


Clarion Review
MYSTERY
The Corporate Whore of Babylon
Steven Fritchie
Xlibris
978-1-4771-5881-4
Three Stars (out of Five)
In The Corporate Whore of Babylon, an attention-grabbing mystery, the murder of a corporate
mogul leads a young detective into the world of a strange and secret society. Sixty-five-year-old
William Babble, CEO of a leading tire company, is found dead in his Malibu home, and Los
Angeles police detective James Gladd is assigned to investigate.
Gladd discovers a puncture wound in the back of Babble’s head and suspects murder.
When an autopsy confirms that Babble died by the lethal injection of a chemical mixture used
for people on death row—a substance no longer produced—he pursues the clues to determine
who might have had access to the chemicals.
His investigation uncovers Babble’s involvement in the Temple of Inanna, whose
members’ beliefs are based on Babylonian mythology. Babble’s four sons are also members of
the secret temple, and Gladd seeks to trace their involvement to solve the murder.
Steven Fritchie builds suspense early on in this murder mystery, but his story quickly
shifts to more of an action novel, with Gladd and the people assisting him often finding
themselves in peril. Fritchie focuses on the activities of the temple and its goals, which include
the creation of a “New World Order” by controlling economic, political, and social functions on
a global scale.
The action scenes are fast paced and the plot is engaging. Gladd, the likable central
character, is strongly developed as a good-hearted cop. Fritchie provides extensive details about
the detective’s professional life and investigative processes, and even offers a glimpse into
Gladd’s home life through his relationship with his quirky parrot, Sasha, who constantly
curses—a source of comic relief throughout the book.
While Gladd is an appealing character, the members of the Babble family, both father
and sons, are underdeveloped. Since Babble’s murder is at the center of the plot, and his sons
also play key roles, knowing more about them would have drawn readers in more fully.
At times, the level of detail can be overdone, particularly when it comes to the inner
workings and history of the temple. Some of the group’s rituals are extremely graphic and may
be off-putting to readers. Grammar and spelling errors create occasional distractions throughout
the book.
The Corporate Whore of Babylon will be most satisfying to readers who have a strong
interest in plot-driven narratives packed with action.
Maria Siano

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