Publisher: Regan Arts
Publishing Date: April 2015
Publisher Description: Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can’t possibly be real—but that won’t stop the city’s most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle.
Review: This is being promoted as a sort of dystopian mystery where the future holds a different set of societal values with varying degrees of advanced tech. The tech is not over the top and the rising ocean levels that isolate New York is plausible. It serves to enhance the story line or rather allow the story line to continue without big tech stealing the show. The characters are rendered brilliantly through the movement and the flooded city is uncovered as part of that movement.
Simone is a riveting character that trusts no one which eventually becomes a detriment. The other players were developed wonderfully within the story line, even the characters that had insignificant roles. I enjoy mysteries where there is enough information to help you logically figure out “Whodunnit”. While the players within the story line were richly developed, there were only hints at the process being played out and not enough information to deduce the causal agent. Very minor when compared to the fantastic world building. I hope the author writes another that resides within this dystopian future.