Something is Rotten by Adam Sarafis is the first book in the Matakana series. When aspiring writer Brent Taylor dies alone, locked in the Auckland University Library after hours his friend Jade refuses to believe that he took his own life. She seeks help from Sam Halberg a former government advisor on terrorism currently working as a mechanic after the tragic (and unsolved) murder of his wife.
Reluctantly Sam begins to look into Brent’s death and the missing manuscript he was about to publish. Meanwhile Sam’s friend, journalist Lynette Church has begun to investigate rumours of political corruption involving the war in Iraq.
The first thing that attracted me to the book was the setting, I liked the idea of a thriller set in Auckland, because I have been to most of the setting in the book. I also enjoyed the horror movie “The Truth About Demons” for the same reason (An anthropologist, played by Karl Urban is investigating the disappearance of his estranged brother and cult member, aided by a mysterious woman he discovers that demons are very real.).It may have been that I had just finished “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith but I found Something is Rotten felt similar in tone, both had wounded main characters and well written complex plots.
Title: Something is RottenAuthor: Adam Sarafis
Recommended by Murray L, Devonport Library
Murray L Works at the Devonport Library and enjoys reading mysteries, sci-fi and horror.