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Lunatic City features Frank Parker, a cop whose having a really bad day. His wife is sick of him and wants a divorce. His partner has just been killed. And now, Frank’s job is on the rocks because he refused to leave certain things alone. At the end of his ropes, Frank receives a mysterious job offer from someone way up there on the social ladder, a job that propels Frank throughout the seedy underbelly of Earth’s lunar colony.
I’m being purposefully vague with the summary because this is a story you’ll want to experience without any specifics. It may not be original or innovative, but Lunatic City does what it does extremely well. The author manages to push all the right cyberpunk noir buttons and gives us a very readable and very compelling mystery. You also have your usual plot twists along the way. Some were a bit predictable and others less so. In the end, the story is great. It pushes ahead quickly without any unnecessary stops.
The characters are… well a bit cliche, especially the protagonist. A cop who will do anything to put the bad guys behind bars, sometimes very brutal things.. That said, you just can’t help liking the characters. How can you hate a guy who tries to do the right thing in a hopelessly corrupt environment? The villains do their job well despite feeling very trope-y.
Make no mistake, this is a fairly dark read with plenty of violence, sex, and other disturbing content. That said, neither the violence nor the sex feels gratuitous. Violence of the bloody sort is used more sparingly than you’d think. The sex is written with a sort of vague wink, leaving more the the imagination that other novels I’ve read. None of this is a bad thing.
There is one problem that I have with the book. It’s an avoidable one, but I didn’t know it until after finishing the novel. This is not a standalone novel. I bought Lunatic City thinking just that. The Kindle version has no indication that this is merely the first book in a series. That said, the central mystery of the novel is, for the most part, resolved, but there is clearly more to the story, which will be continued in the next book.
In the end, Lunatic City was a great read. Fun trope-y characters with a fast-moving plot and a decent mystery at the center. I have no regrets buying this book and I look forward to the next one.
4 out of 5 stars
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.
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.