The Last Songbird by Daniel Weizmann
5/23/23; 336 pages
The Last Songbird by Daniel Weizmann is a highly recommended neo-noir mystery set in and around Los Angeles.
Lyft driver, Adam Zantz’s life changes when 1970s music icon
Annie Linden becomes a regular customer and an important part of
his life for the next three years. Then Adam arrives to pick Annie up
and she's not there, but the police are. Annie's body is later found
later and Adam begins his own investigation into Annie's life to find
out who killed her. Before her death she had asked him to look into some
things from her past and he thinks this may be the key to her murder.
He ends up discovering Annie is not quite the person he thought she was.
The writing is excellent and thoughtful as it captures a
cross-section of LA during Adam's investigation. It also illustrates the
thoughts of a struggling singer/songwriter. The narrative moves at an
even pace and is told with some humor and a whole lot of psychological
insight into the individuals Addy meets along the way. The mystery is
interesting and the various unexpected twists and shifts in the plot
make it even more compelling.
Addy is an appealing character. The various people he meets as he investigates are wildly varied and equally interesting. The Last Songbird is a very good debut and seems to clearly be a set up for more Adam (Addy) Zandt PI novels.