Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer

This eco-thriller was a fast-paced, enjoyable read. A mystery that kept me turning pages, though not as weird/experimental as previous work (which is one of the reasons I adore JV, but Dead Astronauts had more than its share, so that’s cool). The main character, “Jane,” gets a cryptic note from a barista that sends her on a painful (literally, the poor gal gets physically beaten up in so many ways…) paranoid journey to solve a mystery that has lots of interesting twists and turns that get closure in the end, just not in the way I expected. As always, Vandermeer’s writing is a thing to savor, and there is a “buried in dead animal pelts” scene that is … superb. Oh yes, that cover is a thing to behold. Following on the Dead Astronauts cover which is one of my all time favs.

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