An excellent protagonist--John Rebus via James Ellroy or Patricia Highsmith. A bankrupt cop with few scruples but an overriding sense of curiosity happens upon an opportunity for a fiscal windfall, an escape hatch.... but that opportunity is bound up in a death that snags his interest. Mysterious interests surround that death, and another death seems connected, and Nick Belsey is hooked.
I loved the first half, as we get to know--but maybe not understand--Nick. The author's also a whiz with the bleakly-funny aside or description. The plot is pleasantly knotty but the untangling is sometimes less precision-tuned than other aspects of the novel. Still . . . a strong debut.