I love epistolary stories, and I love political intrigue, and I love masks. This book was all three wrapped into one delicious package. Reeves-McMillan has created a fascinating society with Bonvidaeo where all the citizenry wear masks and take on the persona of the character - and are legally their mask. Bass, by virtue of being the brother-in-law of Calaria's Undersecretary to the Foreign Minister, is assigned to be envoy to Bonvidaeo. Not only is he thrown into a confusing new culture but he soon stumbles into the middle of a serial murderer's killings and political machinations to disrupt the current political order.
This was a fascinating story, and I only wish that there had be. Reeves-McMillan nicely captured the different voices of the characters, and did a great job telling the store through Bonvidaeo's journal entries. I loved the twist ending. Part of it I was expecting; the other parts, not at all.