Author: Ginn Hale
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Rating: 5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A dead girl, a cop he can’t forget, and a price on his head.
All on a space station at the edge of a black hole.
Just another day’s work for P.I. Lake Harmaa.
P.I. Lake Harmaa escaped the darkness and intense gravity of Sisu Space Station’s Maze Sector by turning traitor and spying for the Feds during the war.
He has no intention of risking his neck by going back down into those depths, where there’s a price on his head and more than a few souls who wouldn’t mind him turning up dead.
But when he’s framed for a brutal murder, Lake realizes he must return to the Maze and settle old scores.
Review: Private investigator Lake Harmaa tries to keep his head down and just do his job. Lake’s life begins to get interesting when his old partner, Aguilar, shows up to discuss a murdered girl, Holly. A couple of other guys show up trying to kill Lake. Life has suddenly become very complicated for Lake. Lake grew up at the center of Sisu Station raising roaches in the crèche. After some extraordinary actions, Lake was able to leave that life and became a cop. After Lake left the police force he became a PI, and does his best to not get noticed by anything or anyone from his past. With Holly’s death, all aspects of Lake’s past come crashing down on him at once. Lake realizes he’s become a very convenient scapegoat. What began as trying to find out who murdered Holly and sent assassins after him quickly becomes a race to stay alive.
I want to say everything about this book, and nothing is good enough. It has so many layers and distinct components that work beautifully and in concert with each other. I especially like how things contrast themselves. Lake is thoroughly a product of his childhood in the maze, but he can never go home again. Aguilar is the one that got away, and the one Lake was meant to be with all along. And possibly one of the most powerful things in the book is the concept that some of the most comforting and spiritual aspects of a culture can be horrifying to the people not from it. Seriously, I had my very own Indian Jones moment. Why did it have to be roaches?
Much of the allegory here is easy to see. There is an underclass who face almost unbearable pressures while those above them face fewer pressures. However, it’s easy to gloss over the fact there isn’t a group in any part of Sisu Station that is without its very own problems. There are no innocent victims in this book. Sometimes victims are really horrible people.
This book goes from heebie-jeebie inducing fight scenes to the realization a cactus can thrive under the right care. I want to say something more powerful than simply telling people to read the book. Multiple exclamation points don’t even seem adequate. So just, read it. I mean, it’s a mystery with a cynic who finally gets the man he loves and there are roaches and cactus! This can’t be missed.