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Matakana Something is Rotten by Adam Sarafis (December 2015)

Matakana
(stative) be wary, watchful, on the lookout.

When budding writer Brent Taylor dies a horrific death in the Auckland University Library, his friend, sex worker Jake Amara, refuses to believe it is suicide.  She seeks help from Sam Hallberg, a former government advisor on terrorism, now working as a mechanic.

As Sam reluctantly agrees to look into the death, a hunt for a lost manuscript leads him ever deeper into a complex case of corruption and deceit.  Meanwhile, Sam's friend, brilliant business journalist Lynette Church, embarks on an investigation of dirty political dealings with major global implications, and with ties to the Iraq War.

It soon becomes clear that something is indeed very rotten...

Beginning in New Zealand, a small, clean and green country at the end of the earth, then winding its way around the globe, this clear-sighted and tense thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.  Something is Rotten is a beautifully written morality tale with Shakespearean twists and turns.

Something is Rotten is the first book in the Matakana series.
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