Winner of the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel.
On the verge of losing her laboratory, her savings, and all respect for herself, Pandora (Penny) Yee lands her first contract as scientific consult to the police department. And with seventeen murder cases on the go, the surly inspector is happy to leave her to it. Only she’s going to need to get around, and that means her slightly unhinged adopted brother, Matiu, will be doing the driving. But something about the case spooks Matiu, something other than the lack of a body in the congealing pool of blood in the locked room or that odd little bowl.
Matiu doesn’t like anything about this case, from the voices that screamed at him when he touched that bowl, to the way his hateful imaginary friend Makere has come back to torment him, to the fact that the victim seems to be tied up with a man from Matiu’s past, a man who takes pleasure in watching dogs tear each other to pieces for profit and entertainment.
Hounds of the Underworld blends mystery, near-future noir and horror. Set in New Zealand it’s the product of a collaboration by two Kiwi authors, one with Chinese heritage and the other Māori. This debut book in The Path of Ra series offers compelling new voices and an exotic perspective on the detective drama.
"Rabarts and Murray (At the Edge) mix crime drama and horror in this lively, promising series launch set in a near-future Auckland, New Zealand...a delightful, refreshing spin on urban fantasy tropes."—Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I acquired this in a LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway. - I just finished reading this... It lagged at times as it set the foundation for the "other world" scenarios. Be warned that this is the beginning of a series; there is an ending to this immediate story line, but the story continues! The climax ending became a bit intense (I was enthralled!) but the final ending became a setup for the next book. It left me wanting something else (which is good for the series, but bad for my patience!) To be honest, it is not the best book I have ever read, but it's good! The reading level is basic enough that late teens can read with ease. The authors cobble together several concepts that I recognized but the "native' vocabulary (glossary in the back for the tourists) adds a special flavor to whole thing making it all into a unique concept. A solid read!