UK Publishing Date: 20 Oct 2015. 304 pages.
This is the first book I’ve picked up by Max Wirestone and I’m sincerely hoping that there will be many more books in the Dahlia Moss series.
I was kind of dubious when I started the book imagining Dahlia to be something like the spoiled socialite in the Suburgatory series. Instead our Dahlia is a sweet unemployed geek, recovering from a failed relationship and living off and with her friend Chanice while any number of ill fated job interviews prove fruitless.
All until Chanice has another of her parties and Dahlia finds herself with an interesting proposition. A stranger named Jonas wants to hire her to be a private detective. To find the bejewelled spear that has just been stolen from him … in an online role playing game!
While I’m not a geek per se I am married to someone that used to play Dungeons and Dragons and still has boxes of those odd multi sided dice around the house. Oh and he has been known to dabble in WOW and the like. So I am pretty familiar with the concepts of the games.
Jonas hands over $1000 in cash and and suddenly Dahlia has a job, her first assignment and an assignation planned with the suspected thief. She is a feisty character with a ballsy attitude and great comedic timing. It helps that both Chanice and Jonas have an entourage of cool and interesting characters.
The gameplay descriptions are good enough not to offend a proper gamer but are easy going enough that a non gamer wouldn’t have too much difficulty following the plot and the action.
The bit that made me laugh out loud was something I had been thinking for years:
“Although it may detract from the narrative, may I briefly espouse the virtue of everyone’s names floating over their heads all the time? People who have not played MMORPGs may find it disquieting. But I feel that this should be happening all the time. Every party I attend should have this technology. Google Glass get right on that”.
Dahlia’s clumsy but ultimately successful investigation is hilarious and the denouement at the end is just wonderful. Here’s to many more books featuring Ms Moss and her friends.
Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can get the book here: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss