I mostly enjoyed this but it doesn't feel like a finished novel. There are some substantial flaws here. Judging by some of the other writing I've seen I can only imagine that Moxie would agree with me - this one still needs a bit of work.
The first problem I had was that the narrator is very chauvanistic. Considering he works for an "underground" left wing newspaper, it just didn't seem to fit. The way he behaves he quite deserves a sexual harrassment charge or two. In one scene he picks up an unfamiliar girl who is apparently incapacitated by mdma and tricks her into a taxi ride to his abode. The scene is deliberately ambiguous but the thought crossed my mind - was this guy going to rape her? Surely we deserve a better protagonist than this.
There's some really great neo-noir moments but unfortunately the more I read, the looser the writing became. Another scene that didn't feel right was one where the protagonist was directly involved in a murder of a peer but showed no remorse or other feelings whatsoever.
I only got half way through this. I'd love to see a finished, polished version.
PS: The good stuff is really really good. It feels like some of the best counter-culture ideas of the 90s mixed in with some of the best ideas of the 00s. :-)
(review of free book)