This novel is a delightful romp through a city torn apart by corruption at the highest levels of the local parking authority. It is complex in its telling, but overall it is a novel I could not put down. The author managed to create complex and highly likable characters as well as a story that will leave readers scratching their heads until the very last page. It is not often that I come across books such as this one, books that will wrap the reader in a cocoon and make it easy to forget the world outside. That is the sign of a truly fantastic book and this one certainly fits that description. It was my pleasure to read and I look forward to more books from this author.
Parking meters are being destroyed at an alarming pace. Parking officials’ vehicles are being defaced in droves. And in a field of melted parking meters, the body of a close friend is found, murdered. What on Earth is happening? This is what local reporter Teller has been assigned to discover. Amid rumors of extortion at the city parking authority, Teller must delve deep into the city’s underbelly to determine who The Meter Mangler (known only as The Mangler)is , and how all of this is occurring, as well as who killed his close friend and left his body in the midst of a field of melted parking meters. What was the reason behind that? And who wants Teller dead? Come visit the city and meet the Mangler to discover his plans.
Parking meters, the bane of every driver’s existence, could prove fatal for Teller, an award-winning investigative journalist. Returning to his home town after a twenty-year absence, Teller investigates the mysterious appearance of the Meter Mangler, a hooded vandal who is trashing parking meters. The Mangler is fast becoming a local hero to the town, a town being crushed beneath the oppressive thumb of the Department of Parking Enforcement.
With the death of his best friend, Teller turns his attention to the secretive DPE, a government entity which has enacted Draconian measures against anyone unfortunate enough to need a parking space. Commuters are in an uproar, businesses have fled and the downtown shopping area is a ghost town. The people are up in arms. The town is a powder keg.
As parking meters spring up everywhere, and uniformed thugs cruise the streets in Cushman carts like hungry wolves seeking prey, Teller struggles with the ghosts of his past and his growing attraction to his blue-haired lodger while staying one step ahead of a growing threat to his life.
If you like Michael Connelly, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, James Hall, James Lee Burke you’ll enjoy EJ Knapp’s stylish, witty and engaging style.