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The Ghost of a Flea

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Time: 1975.
Location: New York City.

The murder of Roger’s musician friend, Gideon Whiting, turns Roger’s world up-side-down. His wife, Natalie, lies to him. His best friend, Ted, lies to him. His boss and U.S. Senate candidate, Charlie Holt, lies to him. And Lieutenant Tarrington, a homicide detective, is convinced Roger killed Gideon—but is Tarrington who he claims to be,
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published July 20th 2010 (first published June 20th 2010)
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Jaidis Shaw
The Ghost of a Flea by John Brinling is an intricate web of mystery, intertwined with even more deceit and lies. Just when the reader feels as though they have a solid lead in the right direction, more suspicion is added and the reader, along with the characters, are reverted back to square one. Roger is just your average man. He spends way to much time working at a boring job that he could care less about. All of the people in his life that are closest to him, people who he should be able to tu ...more
Monday, October 18, 2010The Ghost Of A Flea By John Brinling
Article first published as Book Review: The Ghost Of A Flea by John Brinling on Blogcritics.

Life for Roger Davis is mundane, he works a job that sucks the energy from him, he is married to Natalie, unhappy with how their love has warped since marriage, and one of his best friends Gideon, while a great person to talk philosophy with, has a keen and cutting mind, and a way of making Roger feel very small.

As he spends his usual one night
Alice Yeh
Though initially unenthusiastic about what appeared to be a story of bitter men attempting to be philosophers, the The Ghost of A Flea quickly morphed into an intriguing tale of drug deals and the inability to know whom to trust. Red herrings abounded, and for the longest time, I was uncertain whether the main character, Roger, was hallucinating, confused, or caught up in some grandiose form of hypnosis. The manipulation around him was subtle and maintained that delicious sense of suspense that ...more
Don't bother reading this book if you have issues with grammar and punctuation. There were errors throughout the book. Sentences did not end with periods and words were misused.

This book had so many lies in it that I eventually didn't care who did what. It would have been better if the red herrings were limited to just a few. Instead, it was over the entire book and I knew who the clown was way before it was revealed. I just finished it for the sake of doing it.
The Ghost of Flea should have been written by Alfred Hitchcock. It seems as though it would have made a splendid movie with all of it's twists and turns of plot. The main character could have been Cary Grant. Roger Davis is a good, loyal workerbee. He is on time, stays late, is married to Natalie who may or may not have slept with half of his office prior to the wedding. Roger has a friend in Gideon whom he sees once a week. Gideon browbeats Roger mercilessly and, one night shows Roger his newes ...more
Grace Krispy
Strange things are happening in Roger's life. His wife is saying bizarre things she later denies, his coworkers are sending him on wild goose chases, he's missing things that mysteriously appear right where he's just looked. Nothing is making sense anymore, and Roger questions his sanity. His close friend introduces him to a mysterious and entrancing woman who confuses and intrigues Roger. When that close friends meets an unexpected end, Roger's life goes into overdrive. Soon, the little, naggin ...more
Wendy Hines
Roger Davis is just your average, everyday man. He spends his days at his boring job, and comes home to his wife, who doesn't really do it for him anymore. He spends one night a week with his best friend Gideon. Gideon and he usually talk philosophy or Roger spends time defending himself and his wife, but Roger enjoys that one night away from his contorted marriage.

On this particular evening, Gideon thinks that Roger needs to relax and pulls out the "medicine". Roger has never smoked the weed be
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At first, I didn’t know in what territory I was stepping into with this book. It took me some pages to really start to get this story, but once it got my attention, I read it really fast.

It is a thriller in its best. The book has action, makes you uptight, gets your attention and makes you want to discover its misteries fast! I was curious from the moment I started to understand what was, really, the plot of this story. Roger could be your

When I first read the description of the book on Smashwords I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. It's a murder/mystery novel, not usually my first choice of genre, but not my last, so I decided to give it a fair shot. At first it was a bit slow going, and it took me until about the 3rd or 4th chapter to really get into it. But then the story started getting interesting. Every time I thought I had an idea about what was going on there was another twist. No one is quite who they seem, with ev
When I saw the first chapter was set in 1975, I thought it was going to be one of those novels that illustrates an important clue that happened in the past and then jump forward to present day for the remainder of the novel. Not so. When I realized the entire novel was going to be set in 1975, I was surprised, but pleasantly so. To have a novel published in 2010, but be entirely set in 1975 is a form of bravery in my opinion. The same bravery that was evident of authors who published novels in t ...more
Mary Grace
Awesome action thriller! It was a magnificent read from start to finish. I was definitely hooked right from the start. I can't seem to stop reading asides the usual bathroom breaks.

The novel was brilliantly written, never a dull moment and the characters were intriguing. The story goes as Roger being manipulated by contradicting stories from people that he seems to love. When I read a book, I usually know how the story goes or what the characters would do, but with The Ghost of the Flea every ch
This is a tale of greed and passion and centres around the beauty and significance of The Ghost of a Flea painted by William Blake 200 years ago. The murder of Roger’s musician friend, Gideon Whiting, turns Roger’s life inside out. Everybody who is close to him lies to him and the detective investigating Gideon's murder believes that Rodger did it but is the detective all he seems to be. Peggy Curtis, a woman who just dropped into Roger's life one night, she might be the only person who can unra ...more
Kept me guessing until the end!!

Reading "The Ghost Of A Flea" was like riding a roller coaster! There were so many twists and turns and ups and downs! Who do you trust, when the people closest to you, your wife, best friend, boss, work colleague all are telling you something different. Who do you believe? Roger at first wonders if he's losing it, he then realizes someone is lying, but who and why. That is the dilemma that Roger is facing. This book was a real page turner from the very start! You
Delphine Pontvieux
This was one of the most intricate plots i have ever read. So intricate indeed, i pictured the author's wall pasted with diagrams, pictures and charts, much like a DEA's agent office in the midst of an investigation so that Mr Brinling could keep up with the intrigue. it is quite a coup to follow up with all the twists and turns of this story. This author has a brilliant plotting mind, that has to be said. So much so, that we sometimes loose the characters personalities in the midst of their adv ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
If you want to sit on the edge of your seat reading this book, well make sure you have enough time. Every time I thought I knew exactly what was going on, something else popped up. Who was innocent, who was crooked, the good guys are really the bad guys. Should he trust Peggy or not? Even when you thought you were getting to the end of the story....poof, something else came up.....I am so looking forward to reading his other books....Bravo John.
Very convoluted and action-packed mystery. Is the main character going crazy, is someone trying to make him believe he's going crazy, is it a major conspiracy? Poor innocent Roger doesn't know who to trust, not his wife, not his best friend, his boss? The police? Seems no one is innocent, except Roger. Will the real bad guy please stand up. What a ride! I really enjoyed this.
John Brinling
Sep 26, 2010 John Brinling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Great mystery! One twist after another with no end in sight. A gorgeous blond bombshell that Roger can't trust and yet can't walk away from. Friend or foe she controls his destiny.

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Roger is leading an uneventful life then one day things start going a bit weird. He's not sure who's lying to him or who to Trust. Then people start dying. A complicated mystery thriller with lots of action sequences.
This is really one of those books you simply can't put down. It keeps you guessing and I truly couldn't figure out what was going on, but in a good way! Very suspenseful and keeps your nose in it til the end.
Good thriller with lots of characters, lots of red herrings, lots of wondering "what the..."

Although this one did not keep me guessing "who" until the end, it kept me wondering "why"?
a very convoluted mystery - had a hard time keeping up with all the characters. Well-developed characters, tho, and a good fast-paced murder mystery.
Lynn Demsky
UGH, this was NOT my cup of tea, at all! I kept falling asleep thru it-- a most boring read my 1975 was nothing like that!
Johanna Blomquist
Lies,lies, and more lies and the plot thickens...great read.
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