And Then They All Died is subtitled “A dark comedy with no survivors” and I guess that’s the theme. Action starts as our hero, who is down on his luck, gets his wallet stolen while photographing a unique building for a contest that he wants…he needs to win. His adventure includes a narcoleptic lawyer and his cynical friend who seems to have a death wish, or at least a death bet.
“Readers familiar with the pop-psych hypotheses of yesteryear probably know that the Kübler-Ross model holds that humans have five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. It may not shock you to learn that, similarly, Big Ideas’ Institute for Higher Specious Reasoning’s finest tenured psychobabblists have devised a model of the five stages of wallet theft. They are: shock, depression, insurance, anger, and, finally, trying to get your wallet back. Thomas didn’t know it, but he had progressed from the insurance to the anger stage, and was about to enter the final stage of trying to get his wallet back. “I want to get my wallet back,” he told Harding. “I don’t even care if it still has my money and credit cards in it. It’s a matter of principle now. The wallet was a gift from my father. I’m not going to let some low-life criminal take it.”
This was not to my taste.