Matt Doyle's tech-noir PI Cassie Tam is at it again in a fantastic second book.
Cassie has promised her tech-shifter girlfriend, Lori, to take some easy cases and get a little break. When she reluctantly takes a seemingly innocent missing dog case for a mysterious performance artist, Cassie should have known that she would stumble into something a heck of a lot bigger than that. New Hopeland's seedy underworld of crime lords and dealers are gearing up for a confrontation, and Cassie is, as usual, in the thick of things faster than her cyber-gargoyle Bert can say "CAW."
I love Cassie's character. Her tough exterior masks a host of insecurities that make her a real person. We don't see a whole lot of Lori in this book, which is fine, but the tech shifter artist Kitsune is fascinating and mysterious and really, really cool. Doyle does a fantastic job at presenting this person as neither male nor female, but Kitsune, and we never see them out of their fox persona (part of their entertainment contract clause). An added treat at the end of the book is the user's manual for the tech-shifting suits, which was an awesome addition to this book.
All in all, a very quick, exciting read, and a satisfying addition to the Cassie Tam Files. If you haven't read ADDICT, do it now, and then pick up this great book.
I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.