California, the Mexican border. Rolly Waters, part-time musician, part-time private detective, is hired to find the perpetrators who drove through a eco-reserve, destroying a number of rare bird eggs. That surely can’t lead to anything complicated, like multiple murder, psychotic hospital orderlies or collectable ladies undergarments, could it? And what on earth does everything have to do with a mysterious mod for a computer game?
Well, this is certainly different. The opening chapter sets the scene for a lively and at times bizarre slice of noir in the Californian sunshine. Rolly is a well constructed lead, an essential requirement for any such novel providing an important point of sanity in a tale that, while never going to extremes, does get close at times. Every time the author comes close to the edge though – through, for example, the mentions of the Serpent – the rational comes back to the fore.
At the end of the day, though, this isn’t my cup of tea, but that’s because noir in general isn’t my cup of tea. It must be pretty good though, as it still kept my attention to the end. But the mystery element of the story, as often with noir, isn’t so much “whodunit” but “what-the-hell-is-going-on”, which is why the genre never really clicks with me.
Having said that, it’s a bargain as an ebook, and if noir is your thing, then you really should check it out. Recommended for fans of noir.
The book is now available as an ebook, for a very reasonable price. My copy was sent to me by the author.