Fantasy or sci-fi? Detective thriller!

Zoo City, Lauren Beukes. 

Slotting in between some kind of dystopian sci fi and urban fantasy, this book is unabashedly obtuse. 
here is the back page blurb: 

“Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing persons”

The premise is that there is a segment of unwanted people in the dark underbelly of Jo’burg who are always associated with an animal. We find out [to an extent] what is the story behind this. Our protagonist, Zinzi, battles her personal demons with her own brand of morality blundering through a conspiracy that doesnt really make sense on the surface. Thats not a problem, because on the surface, nothing in here really makes sense in the light of day. However, as we run with Zinzi in the dark through the seamy catacombs of a hypocritical society, it is clear that making sense is not the point of the book. The state of affairs is itself with all its chaotic mess is a snapshot that we are possibly meant to take home with us.  


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