The Fox, the Dog, and the King
by Matt Doyle.
Blurb: New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …
When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.
Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.
Length: 193 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #2.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: The Fox, The Dog, and The King is a return to form for Matt Doyle. The second book of ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ sees us pick back up not long after the events of Addict with Cassie celebrating on a night out with her girlfriend, Lori. After a performance by Tech Shifter Kitsune, Cassie is on the case again searching for a missing dog. Like the first book in the series, The Fox, The Dog, and The King will quickly pull you in as you navigate a seemingly simple case as it slowly escalates and slips out of control.
I absolutely loved reading more of New Hopeland City, The Fox, the Dog, and the King really expands upon the ideas introduced in the first novel. Not only is tech described in a more in-depth way (looking at you Tappers) but you see more of the Tech Shifters which really help to separate ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ from other sci-fi books.
Not only is the technology and world developed in this book, but so too are the relationships between Cassie and the people around her. More of Cassie’ backstory is explored and her romantic relationships develop and play out over the book. Not to mention the plot, which is to say the least, a roller-coaster of nefarious twists and turns.
What I loved so much about The Fox, the Dog, and the King is the rich story telling from Doyle. There is just so much detail and depth in this series that I cannot wait to read the third book, LV48.
- Bert – Bert is once again a scene stealer for me. I am officially in love with this little companion bodyguard bot. Although he isn’t a large part of the story, he nonetheless makes each scene he is in a memorable one. It’s hard not to fall in love with the strangely protective and emotional bot.
- World building – The scope and depth of the world within ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ keeps expanding and getting way more depth. If you think the first novel, Addict, was a extensive then prepare yourself as this book as it delves even deeper, painting a multifaceted look at both the bureaucratic and criminal side of New Hopeland City.
I would really recommend this book to anyone is looking for old school (but also new school) mystery sci-fi thriller. Seriously if that genre or the blurb catches your interest, you really need to give ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ series a read!
Please note: I received a copy of The Fox, the Dog, and the King from the Publisher.