“The world’s gone dead. The air, the light. Food. Water. Everything. Everything has become subdued. Can you not feel it? Every day I woke up, followed the same routine; Eat, commute, work, commute, eat, sleep. Is that life? It’s not, is it? I have a feeling, I think… that is, I believe, that life is something you can only really define when you’re on the point of death. Hah. Giving and receiving. Somewhere I’ve been. Both points, both ends, actually,” he laughed.
Book 1 in the Metonym trilogy.
Barker, a pragmatic detective, hunts a serial killer, only to have his perception of reality challenged when he captures and confronts the man responsible for the deaths of several children.