Crime-On-Crime Review Series #18: Triggerfish, by Dietrich Kalteis

9781770411531_1024x1024What 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

Pick up a copy of Triggerfish here (it drops officially June 1, 2016 from ECW Press), and find Dietrich online here.


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