I went into this book expecting one thing, and was pleasantly surprised when it gave me something better. Right off the bat, I noticed that while my experience of the noir genre was (and still is) pretty superficial, they still played a lot of the trademark tropes to the hilt. The aging private detective with put-upon secretary, dark past, poor hygiene. Hookers walk the streets. Corrupt businessmen control the city's finances. Words like "booze" and "dames" fly around. You know the drill. Girl goes missing and a mystery woman hires said detective to find her, I was ready to write the book off as a study in cliche. Good for a laugh or distraction.
I was wrong. There was a lot more depth to the story than the first few pages would let on. True, Gabrych could've eased up on the cliches a little towards the beginning, but he also put them there for a reason. Sometimes Fogtown twists your expectations by switching traditional roles around, other times just takes a more honest look at something the audience takes for granted.
On the whole, this is a good bit of light reading. Well-envisioned, well-realized, and has a movie-like feel and structure. No, it's not the kind of story where everything's deeply symbolic of the human scenario, nor do the characters delve into long monologues about the nature of the universe, man's place in it, etc. (And bless Gabrych for that!) But it does have depth and a very human angle. So if you're looking for an unconventional read that has a lot of story in a fairly small number of pages, then give Fogtown a try.