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Titan's Day by Dan Stout
Series: Carter Archives #2
Published by Ace on April 7, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to "stabilize the situation".
Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders' true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But in death, she's found a champion.
Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he's forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan's Day.
I enjoyed Titanshade last year as a science fiction fantasy with a lot of mystery and thriller woven through the story. Moving on in the Carter Archives series, I already knew the main characters and a bit of the world and its politics.
Eric Carter, the homicide detective, human, has been forced to desk duty ad recuperation after all the events in Titanshade. He hates it and can’t wait to get back to real work and cases He and Ajax are sent to a body in the alley, probably a “candy.” It’s meant to be a nothing sort of case to keep them busy and out of the public eye.
Carter is not going to give up on solving her death even when it runs into some political hot potatoes. I like his efforts to find the truth and do his job. His partner, Ajax may be newish but they work well together and back each other up. I was happy to learn more about Ajax this time. No matter who tries to get the case from him or hide the facts, Carter doggedly works his investigation.
The whole situation is volatile with so many newcomers with the manna strike, the military to try to keep things controlled, and the local citizens who have suffered. There were plenty of bad guys. The politicians wanted their way at any cost. The other detectives who wanted the power in making a name for themselves. The local gangs who want to control things, and their drug trade hurting people.
I enjoyed the character development of these two partners, doing the right thing, but always in trouble. The world was built with learning more of sorcerers, and the other races. I would recommend this book and reading the series in order. I look forward to see what’s next for our guys.
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