I just finished "Very Important Corpses" by Simon R. Green. I found it very enjoyable. For those of you unfamiliar with Green's work, he is one of the most creative/inventive writers that I have read in a long time. He specializes in tales of the paranormal with a touch of SciFi and Fantasy mixed in to make for an extraordinary read. He is the author of the "Nightside" books, "Ghost Finders" and the "Secret History"books to name a few of his series.
"Very Important Corpses" features Ishmael Jones, an agent for a secret agency called the the Organisation. He is assigned to investigate the murder of one of his fellow agents at the annual meeting of the Baphamet Group. His mission is twofold: solve the murder...protect the members of the Group. They are among the secret rulers/power brokers of the world.
Ishmael is uniquely qualified for this task. He is an abandoned alien..yes...of the E.T. variety. His ship had crashed back in the 60's. The ship's technology transformed him into a human being. Unfortunately, the process left him with amnesia. He has forgotten his past life. His physical abilities do surpass humans.
If you take the classic English country manor house mystery, toss in an abandoned alien with amnesia, and combine it with one of the secret groups that control the world you would have the basic plot for "Very Important Corpses". Mystery fans will enjoy trying to solve the murder. SciFi and Fantasy fans will enjoy the alien aspect.
"Very Important Corpses" might not be Green's best work. However, I would recommend it as a solid summer read. This book can be read as a standalone.
I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.