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The Night Market

Jonathan Moore
In Print
Mariner (2018)

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This entry created 23 February 2024. Last revised on 23 February 2024.

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The Night Market

291 pages.

This is the third novel in the author's San Francisco thriller series, but this one takes place in the near-future. There is at least one minor character from the previous novels, but you don't need to have read the previous novels to enjoy this one.

As the novel begins, Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene, and the dead man is covered in toxic ooze. Suddenly, government agents burst in, and Carver wakes up three days later with no memory of what happened. (But the reader knows.) And why is his new neighbor, Mia, suddenly so interested in him?

The author once again gives us a well-written atmospheric thriller, in which new technologies and sinister conspiracies keep the protagonist constantly in peril. The book is a mix of 'noir' detective fiction and near-future sci-fi. We are also given a picture of San Francisco as it might exist in the future.

I wanted to like this novel. The author knows how to write. The characters are interesting. The ending is certainly shocking. However, I felt the author was playing unfair games on the reader, such that the ending comes out of nowhere.

Can you wargame it? No.

Not recommended.

Reviewed by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian.