A much better story might have come out of this idea, but this book was not executed in a very satisfying way. Greg Bear can do better (Blood Music). Basically, this is a supernatural mystery/ghost story. The big revelation at the end- that the "psychlone" is a manifestation of the spiritual sufferring caused by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki- seems a bit trite. And no, a reference to iconic Hiroshima isn't a "free pass" to promote this book from pulp to meaningful social commentary. I don't think it diminishes the suffering of the Hiroshima victims to point out that there have been other instances of mass-tragedy in history. So why didn't the author accord those other vicitims their own "psychlones"?Bottom line: not a great book; mediocre at best.