Radio DJ Joaquín is the king of the airwaves thanks to his "Radio Muerte" show, in which audiences call to discuss paranormal experiences. A Mexican living in Houston, Joaquín has a tragic past that comes back to haunt him when Gabriel, a childhood friend, starts sending him signals from the afterlife. In his debut novel, author and filmmaker Gout offers a clever, suggestive plot straight out of the sci-fi/horror playbook. The main characters (Gabriel, Joaquín, and his girlfriend Alondra) are Latinos who feel more at ease in American subculture of punk rock, horror movies, and underground comics. The book has a strong, compelling start, with a series of ghost stories by the radio show's audience laying the grounds for Joaquín's own unfolding mysteries-notably, what happened the night Gabriel died while playing in a rock band with Joaquín. But after this enticing start, the storyline gets muddled. Characters' personalities give way to an unconvincing outcome mixing up parallel universes, nightmares, and pre-Columbian mythology. However, this book, although originally written in English, marks the very welcome debut of a new Latino talent with a promising future. Recommended for both libraries and bookstores serving fans of sci-fi and fantasy, and even YA audiences.Carlos Rodríguez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NYCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.