Publication Date: April 5, 2014
Detective Track Presius has a special gift. He has the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When investigating unrelated murders Track finds that in order to find a killer, he must become who he was meant to be.
The author, EE Giorgi, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
[easyazon-link asin=”0996045104″ locale=”us”]Chimeras (Track Presius) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] reads like a novel carefully considered. There is a feeling of classic noir mystery with an element of the modern. The author is a scientist and infuses the story with her knowledge but instead of being stiff and perhaps overly informative, she manages to give the reader an engaging and unique reading experience.
Track is the eye of a powerful storm. He’s wild and intense and the world around him stands still as he contravenes convention at a crime scene pushed on by his special abilities. The heightened senses of a predator might be useful in daily life, but in the crime world they’re an overwhelming advantage. The exceptionally abled meets Dashiell Hammett. How cool is that? Giorgi’s descriptions of Track’s abilities are visual. When Track is at The Glass House (L.A.P.D. admin building), readers are treated to sensory tour. The decay, mildew and nicotine coated walls are vivid in the reader’s imagination as Track travels the hall sharing that he’s now accustomed to the dank, but implying there was an issue at the start.
Satish, Track’s partner, is something of a Jiminy Cricket for Track. The rules of The Glass House and the rules by which the police must play are frequently restricting to Track, and his partner Satish, reminds him of their boundaries. Satish shares his father’s wisdom with Track “Remember, they’re all out there to fuck you.” (Page 157). As would be appropriate for a first book in a series, [easyazon-link asin=”0996045104″ locale=”us”]Chimeras (Track Presius) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] is a story of redemption. The tale of a boy who couldn’t stop fate to a man who could never do enough.
By the end of the novel there’s a natural and supportive by-play between characters and a good sense of who Giorgi will continue to build. Giorgi includes a “Science Behind the Scenes” segment at the end of the novel that explains for the reader a Chimera and the scientific plausibility of Track’s condition. [easyazon-link asin=”0996045104″ locale=”us”]Chimeras (Track Presius) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link] is a well researched, well plotted, well constructed look into the life of a detective with something to prove to himself.
Giorgi is also not a fan of convention and tends to shift P.O.V. as needed to advance the story. The shifts tend to be smooth though there are some that can be a bit confusing. There are also times the prose leans a bit toward the purple but never are these slips egregious so are easily forgotten embracing the true purpose of the narrative. To clear Track’s soul so that he can focus on future cases.
I have not read a book like [easyazon-link asin=”0996045104″ locale=”us”]Chimeras (Track Presius) (Volume 1)[/easyazon-link]. It is a dark scientific mystery with depth that sets the stage for an epic series.
E.E. Giorgi is a scientist, writer and photographer.