An entertaining who done-it with a quirky sense of humour. If you’re looking for a light read with a solid mystery that keeps you turning pages, characters with heart and even a touch of ethical questioning – around the role of the media – then you’ll enjoy this.
I especially recommend it for anyone who lives in NZ, especially if you know Christchurch, as I do, because Quake City is Christchurch after the earthquakes, and what’s really delightful is how the author has renamed the street names and suburbs with words that suggest quaking or the damage done by the quakes – for instance Cashmere becomes Crashmere. This entertaining quirk gave me many laugh-out-loud moments. If you don’t know Christchurch, you won’t get the joke, but the place names still give an interesting quality to the setting, the sense that Quake City is falling apart and abandoned by the authorities, this all adds to the crime noir feel. As well as the fedora!
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