Siddhartha “Sid” Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who’s causing trouble in this city they love to hate.
This was definitely an unusual book. With a mixture of dark comedy and some clever writing, it definitely captured my attention, although I can’t say it’s one of my favorites of the year.
The main problem I had were the characters, especially the protagonist. He’s just not that captivating. He is kind of wishy-washy, which makes his actions sound weak. Maybe this was done on purpose, but, if so, then it wasn’t clear enough for the reader to really pick up on.
This is one of those books that seems to have no real meaning behind it. It has a bunch of wonderful passages, but it’s not cohesive. There’s no question the author knows how to write, but the novel doesn’t hold itself together well under serious scrutiny.
But, then again, these kinds of books never sit too well with me, so it might be a personal matter. If you enjoy books that don’t really go anywhere but have interesting writing, then you might want to give this one a try.