A great many reviews here,including the positive ones,seem to undersell Michael Stewart's debut novel. There's a recurring obsession with this idea of a twist,but King Crow is no one-trick penguin. Regardless of whether you find a satisfying twist or not,the psychology here is precise,the prose is beautifully rendered,and even more impressively,the central character's voice is immediately likeable and will hook you in to his psyche very swiftly.
Even those scenes which other writers often portray like an embarrassing uncle (substance abuse for example) are handled with great authenticity.
This is a mightily impressive and creative work which is both a gripping thriller and an affecting look into the inner workings of an unquiet mind.
I suppose I've little else to do but go and read his debut poetry collection now too.