Published by DAW on March 12, 2019
This noir fantasy thriller from a debut author introduces the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.
Carter's a homicide cop in Titanshade, an oil boomtown where 8-tracks are state of the art, disco rules the radio, and all the best sorcerers wear designer labels. It's also a metropolis teetering on the edge of disaster. As its oil reserves run dry, the city's future hangs on a possible investment from the reclusive amphibians known as Squibs.
But now negotiations have been derailed by the horrific murder of a Squib diplomat. The pressure's never been higher to make a quick arrest, even as Carter's investigation leads him into conflict with the city's elite. Undermined by corrupt coworkers and falsified evidence, and with a suspect list that includes power-hungry politicians, oil magnates, and mad scientists, Carter must find the killer before the investigation turns into a witch-hunt and those closest to him pay the ultimate price on the filthy streets of Titanshade.
So today’s read is one that both Barb and I have been looking forward to reading. So after you get done here go run over to BookerTsFarm and check out what Barb thought of it.
Here is what I thought
So I knew this was a crime novel but I think I was expecting a bit of something different because it had a weird creature on the book cover. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi type books and so I thought this might be something totally different and so I think my expectations of the book and the content was different, but I still enjoyed it.
Carter is pretty much a pariah in the department and nobody really wants to work with him because of something that happened in his past. He also doesn’t care that much about what people think about him and doesn’t care who he harrasses to get the job done. A Squib diplomat has been killed and it is taking priority over any other case they have as it’s very important they figure out what happened.
Carter’s boss wants everyone on the case and puts a young a Mollenkampi, Ajax, with him who is pretty much fresh out of his schooling. Carter isn’t real keen on it but he really grows to like the young detective and takes that poor guy for quite the ride trying to figure out what is going on. Carter doesn’t always do things by the books and has his own way of getting information he needs and soon learns that there is a lot of corruption everywhere going on when it comes to what actually happened to the Squib.
I liked Carter because I always kind of like the flawed detective trope and he made me laugh, but I think I liked his partner Ajax the most. He was refreshing and so fresh out of college and by the book and so it was fun reading about him dealing with Carter. I also thought it had a pretty decent mystery.
So to be honest I am not sure what to call this book genre wise because I thought it was going to be sci-fi but besides the weird creatures it felt fairly normal. Yes, it’s full of 70’s vibes and lots of disco talk but besides that it seemed normal. I think because of the cover I was thinking it was going to be a bit more different. Not sure if it’s really fantasy, so maybe urban fantasy with alien type creatures. I don’t know but it was enjoyable.
Also I listened to the audiobook while following along with the book and I must say that the narrator Mikael Naramore, while it took me a bit to get into his narration I totally enjoyed it and he did some of the coolest voices for the different creatures.