A new book by a first-time author can sometimes be an adventure. They may sometimes disappoint due to the writer's inexperience or, as in this instance, come as a welcome surprise. The author may not be known from a long list of prior novels but he has been a constant contributor to many serious and not-so-serious magazines over several years, contributing articles, short stories and even poetry.
A complex story, reminiscent of many of the best film noir from the 40s and 50s, this is a multi-layered interweaving of one elemental storyline upon another which draws the reader into its pages and keeps them engaged and involved.
Short stories may be easier to write in some respects but are also more difficult because you need to involve the reader quite quickly and keep them engaged, even though the piece may be relatively brief. There is not the space to introduce multiple plots or a range of characters and to inter-weave them as in a full-sized book. In this instance, the author has used his skills to embroider his storyline very effectively and to keep the reader's attention fully engaged.
The quality of writing has apparently led to rights being purchased with the intention to turn it into a future movie. If or when made and released, the movie's presumed success may possibly lead to further full-length titles.
A well-recommended read although there are large sections, sometime whole chapters, where an italicised typeface has been used although a more acceptable typeface predominates. In principal, an italicised or other fancy typeface is best minimally employed, used to highlight something or to differentiate it from its surroundings. When used to excess, it requires more reader effort to recognise the letterforms and is not therefore accepted practise.