A King of Infinite Space is published under the Amazon Encore programme, the stated aim of which is to identify books which may have been self published or published by a small publisher, but which are worthy of a much wider audience. Tyler Dilt's first offering certainly ticks the boxes for filling this criterion.
The plot concerns the rather messy murder of a school teacher, being investigated by a cop with his own personal problems, battling the demons of his past with the help of a vodka bottle etc. Hence the immediate reaction is, could the author have found a more clichéd subject matter and get ready for a formulaic and uninspiring whodunit.
However, rather surprisingly the result is far from this and makes for a very good read. The writing is crisp and concise and the plot keeps moving along at a good pace. We learn more about Danny Beckett, the detective, who tells the story in the first person, as the layers of his background and character are gradually revealed. His police partner, Jen Tanaka, a martial arts expert, is also an interesting character who clearly cares about Danny and complements him. The story is an absorbing tale which includes a number of possible suspects for the murder, none of whom appear that likely on first investigation.
My only criticism is that the book is rather disappointingly short, which really speaks for the quality of the offering as the reader is left ready for more. I imagine most people will enjoy this story even if detective novels are not their normal reading and will get through it in a day or two as it is quite hard to put down. Another mystery is solved when it is revealed that the rather unusual title is a Shakespearean reference from Hamlet. I would expect that Danny Beckett will have more outings in the future and I look forward to reading The Pain Scale, which the author is apparently currently hard at work on.