The Case on a Cliff by Orr Agam

***DISCLAIMER*** The author is my best friend’s boyfriend so I may be biased.

The Case on a Cliff follows Bay Area detective Jacob who’s out of money and has no current job to keep him paid. That is, until a beautiful woman comes into his office to find her missing brother. What follows is a wild, drug-fueled journey from San Francisco to the South Bay to Las Vegas and back. Along the way, Jacob discovers that this case isn’t what it seems to be and everyone involved isn’t who they say they are.

Agam does very well as a Crime Noir writer. He’s very good at making the characters appear mysterious. The story was well-written too. There ended up being a lot of twists and turns that I was not expecting at the start of the book. The writing that Agam does the best though is the description of Jacob’s feelings and thoughts during a drug bender or especially rough hangover. I know Agam, so I know it comes from personal experience and that’s what makes it so authentic.

The only critique I have, and really it’s a compliment, is that Agam could have made this book so much longer. At 101 pages, it;s the shortest book I’ve read in a while. He does such a good job at creating twists that he could have made this story much more convoluted, like a true crime thriller. Perhaps this is just me not used to short novels anymore after everything I’ve read.

Congrats on the publish Ori! I hope to see more from you!

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