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ROSEN ☆ In a post apocalyptic flooded New York City a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for Depth combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future wheIn a post apocalyptic flooded New York City a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find and someone is willing to kill for 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 If you’ll forgive the pun I’m a bit out of my depth here How do I describe a book that only took me two sittings to finish but has a fair bit that needs shoring up?Simone is a private detective tailing Henry St Michel a balding dumpy fifty something importerexporter whose rich wife Linnea suspects of having an affair She might be right; Simone has tailed him to an expensive restaurant where he meets an attractive blonde Heavy fog and a personal phone call prevent her from getting many details but the phone call isn’t all bad–her best friend is calling to give her notice that she sent an attractive client her way a researcher looking for a city guide deCostas is looking to find the mythical ‘dry tunnels’ the city was building before funds and time ran out on re connecting NYC to the mainland Simone agrees to chaperone deCostas as she continues to work on the St Michel’s case Unfortunately in short order both Henry and Linnea disappear and Simone is left flounderingCharacter building was interesting Like many book detectives Simone has a disabling inability to trust others Her closest friends are Caroline Khan the deputy mayor from a prominent Korean American family; and Danny human computer posing as a psychic; and occasional support from Peter NYPD and ex lover Its the kind of mix that updates the noir tropes in an interesting way except that Rosen plays their negative characteristics a bit too strongly without eual attention to developing care and concern The details of their caring are all historical and their ‘friendliness’ are often displayed as taunts; I wish moments of kindness had shown through to help show why they care“Simone arched an eyebrow ‘Don’t get enthusiastic about the idiot stuff Danny’‘So I should be like you and save my enthusiasm for cigarettes and silly hats?’ he asked with a smirk”I largely enjoyed the writing There’s a bit of soggy prose in the beginning attempts to write in a noir fashion that don’t take “She glanced at the phone and as she did the fog swirled open for less than a heartbeat then closed like a lover’s kiss” Honestly I don’t even know what that means–Tongue? Softly? Passionately? Color me confused Once the narrative dives into the plot those instances are minimized and appropriately focused But dear heavens why on earth did the editor allow 150 mentions of Simone’s smokingcigarettes? I’m guessing it was a little less once per page Lev must have been jonsing but it doesn’t explain the editorial pass It takes than a cigarette habit to build a character and the reader me shouldn’t be so sick of her habit that they’re ready to drown themselves noir or not I will note that Simone often info dumps background on a character as they meet up“The green light of algae generators pulse through the fog here and there giving the view an eerie glow and through it the silhouette of the skyline bursting from the sea It wasn’t the iconic skyline of the past–just the top with wide plains of oceans between crumbling towers and large boats floating low on the horizon like a steel archipelago”One of the most intriguing aspects is the world building I admit it’s the hook that caught me besides Emily’s review Honestly I never thought about New York’s seawater risk until Hurricane Sandy and stories of flooded subways and streets started making headlines I know that’s probably a no brainer but NYC has always seemed to live in bubble of environmental isolation and NY is about the human culture not the beaches At any rate I enjoyed the vision of a NYC flooded below 21st floor although that’s about 35 times than current projections Some ideas feel eminently realistic oceanliners as buildings rickety bridges a cavalier attitude Some parts less so Explanations are uickly technoed see I can make up words as well with FluoriSeal for your hair not your teeth DrySkin waterproof coating MouthFoam drug and GlassSteel building coating so mileage may vary It feels a little like those JD Robb books with the police detective zooming around in an aircar but really are just set in 1990 World building also includes a super conservative mainland with NYC acting as an island of indecency Do you think Rosen is implying something about current views?Last but never least in a mystery is plotting A couple reviewers complained about predictability; I don’t agree but I only guess endings is when I’m re reading Agatha Christie so take that for what it is worth I rather thought it was Byzantine perhaps attempting to weave in a few too many red herrings how’s that for an utter mess of a metaphor? There’s a reveal at the end that made no sense to me and another death that seems both pointless and unnecessarily riskyOverall I’m kind of drifting here I think I’ve been as harsh as I have because there is clearly so much potential for something expansive and moving I enjoyed it but would like my ‘liking’ to take less conscious ignoring Honestly my advice would be to drop the editor It looks like her contributions are mostly in the non fiction and lifestyle fields and a story like this needs someone with strong sci fi or mystery asking the hard uestionsI’d read a seuel but it’ll take a bit for it to drift to the top of the to be read pile

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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 acuire it for themselves with Simone caught in the middle Heinlein meets Hammett in this whip smart whodunnit set amid the billowing fog and rising waters of a future New York in which the truth like the monuments and skysc Regan ArtsPublishing Date April 2015ISBN 9781941393079 Genre SciFiRating 465Publisher 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 acuire 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

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Depth By Lev A.C. RosRapers of the city's past seems always to lie just below the surface Chuck Greaves award winning author of Hush Money Green Eyed Lady and The Last Heir “I have long admired Lev Rosen’s strange genre bending work and Depth is an exciting display of his many gifts His vision of post–global warming Manhattan is richly imagined and noir ishly melancholy and his riff on the traditional detective story is elegant surprising and yes deep” Dan Chaon author of Await Your Reply and Stay Awa Depth by Lev AC Rosen is a recommended detective novel set in a future NYC Simone Pierce is a private investigator who when the story opens is on the roof of a twenty four story building so the ocean lay four stories down churning just below the twenty first floor The fog was thick but she could hear the waves lapping at the other buildings around her and the worn wooden bridges that connected them to one another and to the permanently moored boats that made up New York City New York city of bridges and boatsSimone is on a routine surveillance case of a husband suspected of cheating when she takes on a second job escorting Alejandro DeCostas around the city DeCostas is a visiting European archaeologist who wants to explore NYC looking for a rud building that is water tight and dry below the sea level While working both jobs the surveillance case morphs into something else and takes on a life of its own Simone is assisted in her inuiries by her friends Caroline Khan deputy major Danny a fugitive human computer and Paul Weiss a copWhat is interesting and has great potential at the beginning is the setting NYC under water and cut off from the rest of a vastly changed USA Rosen writesNew York though technically still part of the United States had long begun to consider itself its own country hundreds of miles from the Chicago coastline and the conservative religious mainland The Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial had been airlifted to Salt Lake City but no one tried moving New York All the other drowned cities like DC and Boston were graveyards now—spires and flat tops of buildings tilting out unevenly from under the water like old headstones Not New York Though some older buildings had been worn away by the waves others retrofitted and laminated in that technological wonder Glassteel stayed where they were as the ocean rose closing off the bottom floors as they filled with water There were newer buildings too designed to withstand the water and decommissioned boats clever entrepreneurs had bought and moored around the city There were a million New Yorkers left and they were stubborn They built the bridges themselves and everyone bought personal algae generators and desalination filters for their apartments stringing them out the windows into the sea They reassembled their city They stayedThe potential for an intriguing story is all in place The problem is Rosen has this great setting but neglects to make full use of it The detectivemystery story is solid but could easily be transferred to another setting with some minor changes and work just as well This left me with a dilemma I chose to review Depth based on the setting The detective story is well written and satisfying but I kept longing for information on the world The search for a dry building underwater could just as easily be a search for a secret cache of some other treasure This reduces the mystery to a formulaic plot that just happens to be set in a changed world and nothing in the plot elevated it above that for me Disclosure My Kindle edition was courtesy of Regan Arts for review purposes