9780991272938, $17.99, HC, 233pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who's been dead a week, he's sure it's to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer's arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn't murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart--a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products. Wilt's death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother's ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom's poor choices. Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who'd wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they've ever had.
Critique: A riveting read from beginning to end, "Static" is an exceptionally well crafted novel that fully showcases author Eric Laster's impressive knack for storytelling. While very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Static" is also available in a paperback edition (9780991272990, $9.99) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).