What can I say about Dietrich Kalteis’s writing that I haven’t said in my review of his previous novel, The Deadbeat Club? His prose drills like a woodpecker on wood, and his characters pop right off the page with engaging, character-specific dialog.
In Triggerfish, Dietrich is back to his old tricks. Rene Beckman is a former cop let go from the force after a questionable shooting that also left him with a near-fatal stab wound. Now he spends his days piloting the Triggerfish, a for-hire, day-trip fishing vessel. And things are going fine in his new life. That is, until Beck and his sexy vegan date Vicki witness a cartel drug deal involving a submarine and a tugboat taking place in a remote bay.
What follows is a cat-and-mouse crime extravaganza involving drug-dealing bikers, sociopath cartel henchmen, and in-over-their-heads vegan activists. One of the things I enjoy about Dietrich’s writing is his gift for putting quirky, seemingly harmless people in deadly situations, then letting them figure their own dumb-luck way out. Triggerfish is highly entertaining, and another big hit from a man quickly becoming the heir-apparent to the Elmore Leonard crime novel.
There’s a reason we asked him to be the Guest Editor for Crime Syndicate Issue Two…