Finch is a 2009 detective mystery/dark fantasy novel by Jeff Vandermeer. This is my second time to read this as I go through my shelves. I'm always impressed by this author.
from the back of the book:
The Guardian calls it "a compelling experience". The Independent says it "cleaves to the conventions of the traditional noir thriller." SF Site says, "VanderMeer's fungal milieu is still in full, fantastic flower, complimented by the many bizarre characters and creatures that Finch encounters". Publishers Weekly calls it "an engrossing recasting of the hard-boiled detective novel".ENTER A WORLD WHERE BETRAYALIS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR HONESTY
Tasked with solving an impossible double murder, detective John Finch searches for the truth among the war-weary ruins of the once-mighty city of Ambergris. Under the six-year rule of its inhuman gray cap masters, Ambergris is slowly crumbling into anarchy. The remnants of a rebel force are dispersed, their leader, the mysterious Lady in Blue, missing. Citizens are being interned in camps. Collaborators roam the streets keeping brutal order. But Finch also has to contend with new forces rising, like the enigmatic Ethan Bliss, and the contamination of his partner, Wyte, who is literally disintegrating under the strain.
In this powerful and poignant novel, the past and the future, the cosmic and the gritty, collide. What will happen if Finch solves the case? What will happen if he doesn't? And will Ambergris ever be the same?