Amberville by Tim Davys
Amberville, at first, makes you think it is a grown up, noir-feeling Winnie the Pooh. But, really the only thing that is the same is the fact that the main characters are stuffed animals. Where Pooh lives in the idyllic Hundred Acre Wood, Eric Bear lives in a sprawling metropolis, with all of the good and bad that comes with urban living. Drugs, casinos, government control, and the church, all of these are present in Amberville.
Eric Bear and his identical twin brother Teddy grew up in Amberville, one of a set of four cities that makeup a larger metropolis. Eric had been mixed up with a crime boss as a teenager, but now is married with a good job with an advertising agency. But one day, he gets hit with a blast from his past, when Nick Dove and two of his gorillas show up. Nick Dove has discovered that his name is going to be on. The next death list and wants Eric to get it removed. If Eric refuses, Nick's gorillas will kill Eric's wife, Emma Rabbit. The problem is, the death list is only a rumor, many believe it doesn't even exist. Eric decides to get his old crew back together to try to save his wife.
I really enjoyed this book, although it is a little conspiracy theory heavy. Some may call it philosophical. I wasn't necessarily a fan of how it skipped into the perspective of different characters for some chapters. However, I have to admit that it all came together cohesively in the end.
This book has a good mystery, makes you think, and is an en joy able read. I would give this book my recommendation.