DEAD TO ME
Welcome to Strout's offbeat and dangerously weird world! Making a strong debut, Strout quickly throws his idealistic and gung-ho hero into the deep end to see if he can swim. Seeing the world through Simon's eyes is a funny, quirky and occasionally scary experience. Strout's world will be well worth revisiting.
Still learning the ropes, Simon and his mentor Connor are dragged into a possibly apocalyptic case when a newly deceased young woman turns up at their office. Who is Irene, and why was she killed? Irene doesn't remember, but the case takes a really weird turn when a stolen fish appears to be at the epicenter of a nefarious plot. (ACE, Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)