The Evergreen Review’s Jim Feast reviewed Risk:
in the private eye genre, such as Christopher Moore, who take up the traditional
form, as he does in The Risk of Infidelity Index, originality is not
measured by examining the plot. This never varies. A client hires the gumshoe to
investigate a matter, which turns out to be much more complex than it appeared.
Neither does it appear in the creation of novel character types, since these,
too, are largely invariable and include the heroic but flawed hero, a cop who
hounds but also befriends the detective, a treacherous blonde, and so on. The
true measure of originality lies in the invention of atmosphere.
By this term, I mean to convey a tonality that combines attention to
setting and the details of everyday life as well as the creation of characters
who emerge naturally from the milieu.
The fine accomplishment of Moore
in this book is to excel in all three areas of atmosphere creation, as I will
illustrate in a moment.”