Cleansing Eden, Benjamin Sobieck‘s gripping debut novel, kicks off atmospherically with two unnamed men digging a grave and burying the corpse of a famous actor.
As the novel purposefully unfolds, we discover that the younger man of the two is hooked on a drug called Bluegrass and that the older man is the only supplier.
And together, they are on a mission to murder as many celebrities as they can.
Throw a suspicious cop and an ambitious television reporter into the mix and you end up with a tense crime thriller that also manages to satirize celebrity culture, the mania of the zealot and a society that is brain addled by an overdose of mass media.
Cleansing Eden is a twisty, turny read that puts an interesting and darkly comic spin on the serial killer genre.