Genre: Crime, Thriller
For fans of: Emily St. John Mandel, Stephen King
Murder, religion and revenge, Cal Moriarty’s The Killing of Bobbi Lomax has it all. A thrilling suspense novel set in early 1980’s America, the book kicks off in the heart of the action with detectives Marty and Alvarez investigating a recent bombing – just one of three that have taken place so far in their usually quiet neighbourhood – but one that has left a survivor, rare books dealer Clark Houseman.
As the pair dive deeper into the mysteries surrounding the bombings, their killer’s motive becomes more entangled yet the real reason behind the bombings is even more incredible than you could ever imagine…
Force yourself to find yourself.
So I can’t put my finger on it but when I think about The Killing of Bobbi Lomax I think of Twin Peaks. There’s just something about the “atmosphere” of the book and the town in which most of the action takes place that reminds me of the show. ANYWAY, I found Bobbi Lomax easy to get sucked into because it feels like such an original story and the characters’ motives seem so genuine. I can’t say much about that point without giving too much of the book away but let’s just say that it’s very literature orientated and therefore right up my street!
If you could counterfeit coins then why couldn’t you counterfeit people?
I think Moriarty’s writing really comes into play in the way she depicts the desperation of rare-books dealer and most recent bomb victim Clark Houseman. His business is primarily funded by his counterfeit operations and as Houseman becomes bolder and more ingenious in his dealings the stakes only get higher, placing him in more risky situations. And the reader can merely look on helplessly as he starts to lose control…
Marty is also a fantastic character – he’s one of those stereotypical old-school disgruntled detectives who has to balance bureaucracy with the risks he needs to take in order to get the case solved. In fact he reminds me a little of Woody Harrelson in True Detective and is generally just such an entertaining character.
Tense, intriguing and at times wonderfully ridiculous, this is a fantastic debut novel from Cal Moriarty and perfectly showcases the reason why she walked away with a contract after attending a Faber Academy course. The perfect novel for crime and mystery fans (and with an added literary twist for us bibliophiles!).
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me to review by Faber & Faber. All opinions expressed here are my own .