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In a future where living on the moon is not only possible but also possibly as mundane as normal life. Detective Parker wants to prove that his partner Rick wasn't dirty, but his impulsive attempts to find Rick's killer not only costs him his job on the police force but also his marriage to his wife of ten years Suzanne. Thus he has no choice but to accept a private investigation job involving a missing person to support himself during the divorce.
Diaz writes the story with crisp, fast pace that utilizes every word, creating a believable universe that draws in the reader. After reading about how people on the moon rarely get authentic coffee and relies on hydroponic grounds, for example I found myself craving coffee. Parker serves well as a sympathetic anti-hero, who hopes to get out of a bad mess that's only growing worse.
The reason why I can't give this book five stars is because it ends on a cliffhanger, and my pet peeve is first books in series that end on cliffhangers. Other than that, however, I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it for those that want gritty noir that harkens back to The Maltese Falcon.
The story is about a cop on the moon. Not necessarily a good cop. But a cop with good intentions. But he had a habit of being a little on the wrong side of the law. Questionably tactics to put the bad guys away which should have had him off the force. But underneath he is a good guy frustrated with the lack of ability to keep the bad guys where they belong. So ultimately you are thinking he is the good guy. Only because the really bad guys go down.
Overall if you like mystery's this is a book for you.
This story is a seamless blend of sci-fi and crime noir that had me hooked from the first pages. The first-person narrative certainly helps create a Chandler-like atmosphere, while the descriptions of the less-than-Utopian areas and living conditions of this city on the Moon echoes the authors earlier works. Parker is far from a squeaky-clean character. He makes mistakes, rubs folk up the wrong way, and has a problem keeping his mouth under control. He is a genuine guy and fits into the general narrative like a glove.
I can recommend this novel without reservation.
Detective Frank Parker from the 33rd Precinct of Lower City, is Diaz's unlikely hero. He is on his bosses "#$%tlist," his life is in shambles, marraige on the rocks and as Diaz says, "he's having a bad day," when the story unfolds. Like those hard boiled noir detectives before him, he is hardly the stuff heroes are made of. But that doesn't stop the narrative from ambushing him with all of the circumstances to create a new classic antihero.
This is a journey that blends the noir detective tale with a dark and seedy sci-fi setting reminiscent of "Total Recall." This is a great straight read, weighing in at just 178 well crafted pages, but is just enough to delight.
T. Allen Diaz is a self described newcomer to writing, and he is off to a good start. It will be interesting to watch as he develops and expands his creative outpouring.