“Palindrome” by E. Z. Rinsky blends a murder mystery with the metaphysical. It asks the question many people have pondered over the ages, is there an afterlife?
“I wanted to write a story I would be interested in reading,” Rinsky said. “I thought about what would be the big mystery I would want to find out about and the big question came to mind, does something happen after you die? Of course, murder can play into this question. I wondered if you did have a concrete answer, would you be able to function or would it destroy you?”
The plot begins with a brutal killing and private eye Frank Lamb being offered, by a family member, a small fortune to find a cassette tape made moments before the victim was killed. After taking the case he enlists the help of his friend, Courtney Lavagnino, a reclusive tracker. Their search leads them into finding more murders and they race against time to find the meaning behind the cassette.
The interaction between Frank and Courtney may remind people of other partner teams: Starsky and Hutch, Flowers and Davenport, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The author noted these characters “are roughly based on a good friend of mine. He was the jumping off point. There are some elements of me in Frank. The dynamic between these two is how my friend and I converse.”
“Palindrome” is the first atmospheric, noir mystery from debut author, E. Z. Rinsky. It is a tale of obsession, murder, and the afterlife.