“Every goddamned thing about this Test grated. And let’s be honest here: ‘grated’ is just the wrong word to use. Maybe ‘vexed’ is better? I always liked the sound of ‘vexed.’ It was comfortingly old-school, like something that someone in a Jane Austen adaptation would utter, in a steely British accent, after he mopped his brow, post particularly energetic fox hunt.”

Many people grapple with what the term neo-noir is. Andrez Bergen’s debut wraps up the definition in a nice little bow and amazing story.

His prose, like any good writer, is to die for. Verbose. Not repetitive at all. While heavy at times with a lot of introspection and general details, it fits the story. It works to set up a dark and dank dystopia called Melbourne. And it helps create the bleak nature to his novel as he points to the atrocities of this totalitarian state.

Could it be cut down to improve the pacing? Yes. But would it have the same effect? Probably not.

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