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Central City by Indy Perro
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Indy Perro’s debut novel, Central City, is a gritty crime/mystery that finds the author offering a fresh take on a classic formula, all the while side-stepping many of the genre’s most tired tropes.

Part pensive Police procedural, part murder/mystery, Central City is built upon a well-tread premise pairing a hardened veteran detective (Vinnie Bayonne) with a young, inexperienced partner (Adam McKenna). While one might initially suspect that Central City is merely a by-the-numbers 'whodunnit', Central City quickly hits its stride and rarely lets up.

Perro, whose efficient prose is both tight and cutting (loaded with gems like “Frozen and framed within the fourth photograph, the woman watched through eyes squinted in laughter, head tilted back, silent.”), skillfully infuses this finely-tuned narrative with judicious bursts of action-laced dark humor. The novel quickly settles into an ominous mood, cleverly leading readers further and further into the seedy inner-workings of Central City. To that end, Central City’s pair of seemingly unrelated plots eventually come together in a satisfying third act that is sure to surprise even the most observant readers.

As far as debuts go, Central City is a success on all fronts; highly recommended for fans of fast-paced mystery/suspense procedurals.
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