PLOT: This enjoyable and wry detective story is set against the backdrop of Burning Man. Red herrings are cleverly employed, although the actual detective work is more the result of serendipity than skillful sleuthing.
PROSE: Dietzen writes with pithy humor and visceral descriptions.
ORIGINALITY: While Dietzen's descriptions of Burning Man do not entirely capture the rawness or transcendence of the event, the setting does uniquely amplify the story.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Full of interesting characters, including the Burning Man festival itself, this mystery blends the quirky experience of the festival with the difficulty of solving a murder in a place where everyone is living a fantasy life.
Date Submitted: August 03, 2017