New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …
When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.
Until now, Cassie wasn't aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.
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Another mystery/thriller which kept me enthralled till 3am… I gotta stop the midnight reads… But this book was such a lure. A truly fabulousread, it required my entire concentration to read through the mystery surrounding the 2 cases which were interconnected yet different from each other.
As the title says it starts with a fox, a kitsune, asking the private investigator Caz to find his dog. This soon leads her to the Kings of the Underworld of New Hopeland. And the crawl into the unknown world starts along with Bart, her familiar A.I. Ooooh I don’t mind a metallic gargoyle who is artificial intelligence for my birthday… Anyone listening?!!
The complexity of the mystery had me smiling, as I traversed the landscapes of the pages.
The worldbuilding of New Hopeland Underworld was detailed and well carved out, with its tunnels and shady accountants and elite dealers of stimulants, the Tech Shifters. Well, you have to read it to understand this, but start from book 1.
Caz was wonderful but in this read, I found her to be more intelligent, this had more investigation than romance as compared to book 1. She was bold and brave walking the two worlds of light and dark which even the Kings didn’t dare, or did they?
What slowed me in my read were too many descriptions in some pages, some a bit difficult to imagine, and secondly, this book took time to build up its plot. But all that forgotten by that chilling climax which just blew my brains away. At 3am, I had so much adrenalinecoursing that it took another hour to calm down. Wowzer!!
As Caz says in the book New Hopeland works, I say Matt Doyle works. His brain can plot the story like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle slowly pulling the reader in with each piece an enticing clue.
Absolute explosion of a story with well etched details and an ending which blew my mind!!