To Kill A Unicorn

Fiction - Suspense
262 Pages
Reviewed on 04/01/2024
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Author Biography

DC Palter is a startup founder and CEO, with twenty-five years’ experience leading tech companies. Winner of the Little Tokyo fiction award, he's the editor-in-chief of Japonica, a journal of Japanese culture, and author of Colloquial Kansai Japanese, a guidebook to the Osaka dialect of Japanese.

DC holds an MFA in creative writing along with degrees in engineering, marketing, and law. Together with his wife, a leading ikebana artist, he splits his time between Kobe, Japan and the Silicon Beach area of Los Angeles.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

To Kill A Unicorn by DC Palter centers around SuprDupr, a startup tech company in Silicon Valley. One day Sumire, now a lawyer, walked into her ex-boyfriend Ted Hara’s office. The last time they saw each other was years ago. Ted thought she came to see him because she missed him and wanted to rekindle their romantic relationship but she needed his help to locate her missing brother, Ryu. The reader will enjoy the exchange between Ted and Sumire as he tries to relive his past relationship with her. However, her main focus is not on him but on utilizing his excellent hacking skills and his resources from MeCan, a popular phone company, to track down Ryu’s whereabouts. He also wants to find out what happened to his childhood friend and has high hopes that if he finds Ryu he can win back Sumire’s affection.

SuprDupr appears to be your typical start-up company with its high-level C Suite positions, venture capitalists and funding investors but what makes this book by DC Palter stand out is how the plot twists and turns as you are let into what is brewing behind the scenes. In To Kill A Unicorn, nothing is as it seems because there are so many layers weaving in and out. I began to put myself in Ted’s shoes and think about how I would utilize his access to MeCan and hacking skills to help find Ryu. As the stakes got higher and Ted put his life in danger, I felt like I was there every step of the way as Ted worked feverishly to crack the case. At times it was like watching a movie. I felt myself making comments to Ted throughout reading the book. Get ready for a wild ride with this book today.