I bought this on a whim to read on the bus in the morning, and discovered that I couldn't just leave off when my stop was next -- I had to keep reading once I got home and finished it within two days. This is the first of Jon Courtenay Grimwood's books I've read, so I had no idea what to expect. You're kept guessing until the end, and while there's a definite feeling of nearly having the full picture, he successfully keeps you in the dark until it's time to wrap it up and go home. Gritty and cynical without leaving you feeling like you need to wash your brain out, 9Tail Fox is a refreshing distraction for anyone who loves a good mystery, and one which will leave your head spinning hours after you're done and wishing it hadn't had to end.
(A brief summary, as there's none currently entered)
Bobby Zha was a streetwise San Fransisco cop. Not a stellar one, but he had a few redeeming qualities. Then someone killed him and set him up to look like a crooked cop, indeed, and it seems no-one's following up on the case. And he wants to know why. Why he was killed, why he's still alive but wearing the face of another man, and why the nine-tailed celestial fox keeps appearing to him. In a world set slightly in the future where coincidence is an illusion, the supernatural hovers on the periphery of one's gaze and everyone carries secrets, Bobby has to piece together the shattered mirror of his own life and his last few days as Bobby Zha before his second chance runs out of time.