Describing this is going to be tricky, so please bear with me…
So there’s a cop, a serial killer, several more cops, some more killers, some… people… best not to say too much about them, actually, and a dog. Gunfights, car chases, torture, ruminations on coffee and the nature of good and evil, a fair few deaths, existential musings and a lot of cognitive dissonance. Plus someone gets shot in the balls.
It’s not a comedy, although you can find humour in even the darkest of moments. It’s probably easiest just to say it’s a noir-ish thriller with some pretty important sci-fi elements.
Sounds good, yeah?
Actually I’m going to have to think about this some more.
I’ve thought about it, so try this on for size…
Metonym: a word, name, or expression used as a substitute for something else with which it is closely associated; a crime/thriller/sci-fi/noir trilogy.
Book 1: Metonym
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.
Book 2: The Corruption
A doctor and a reporter get drawn into Barker’s world, reluctantly joining in his warped mission.
Book 3: The Swarm
Our trio of heroes—or possibly anti-heroes—confront their nemesis.