In Jon Courtenay Grimwood's 9Tail Fox San Francisco cop Bobby Zha discovers after he dies that everyone thought he was a jerk. Zha, shot while investigating a break-in, wakes up in someone else's body: a body that has been in a coma in New York for more than 20 years. But Zha can't stop to ask too many questions or he might get another visit from the celestial nine-tailed fox who talked him through moving between bodies. He shocks the care facility into letting him go free and finds that the boy whose body he now inhabits was awarded a fortune from the accident that put him into a coma. Zha can't feel the boy's presence, but he doesn't try too hard. He heads back to what had been home ground where, of course, no one recognizes him now. There, he uses his connections to investigate his own death and the case he had been working on before he died an 11-year-old girl, granddaughter of an extremely well-off Russian ŽmigrŽ, apparently shot an intruder. Zha knows the girl didn't do it and her grandfather is an unlikely suspect because he's blind.

9Tail Fox rushes to its end and doesn't stop to tie up every missing string along the way. There is much enjoyment to be had in following Zha as he loses and finds himself and tries to put a small part of the world to rights.

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