By Rodney Turner
We have been reading a lot of mythos/ weird fiction for the podcast and I needed something to help break up the cephalopod flavor sticking to my tongue. I stumbled across a copy of Crime Rave by Sezin Koehler and it was just what I needed.
Over the top might be understating the tone of this book just a bit. Koehler wraps science fiction and horror archetypes around a tight police procedural and the final result is madness, a delightful madness.
I really do not want to give away any of the plot details in this entry because this is one of the rare books that must be experienced as much as read. To offer a spoiler free synopsis, the worst terrorist attack in history is only the tip of the strangeness iceberg for LAPD detectives Red Feather and Günn, two of the coolest cops in any medium.
No words are wasted in this novel. Koehler keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace by using short chapters that focus on a single scene of the investigation and featuring few characters with asides describing the history and point of view of the characters. The large number of bizarred characters are balanced deftly, each gets their place in the spotlight and every one of them are connected through a carefully executed web of tragedy.
Though the book is filled to the brim with events so painful to comtemplate that Koehler found it necessary to include a trigger warning, Crime Rave is a fun, fast-paced read that left me as breathless as the characters and constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book!
Pick it up at the link below.