I work as an archivist. It is probably no surprise that I like to read fictional accounts of archivists.
The Vaults by Toby Ball begins with an archivist finding duplicate records in the stacks. One record has clearly been altered, including a different photo of the accused murderer. The archivist takes this matter higher up to City officials, wondering how such a thing could have happened. At the same time, other secrets within the City government begin unraveling.
The Vaults might be described as noir crime in a dystopian society.
Each short chapter switches character perspectives and I normally like that very much. Maybe it was because I had a lot of other stuff on my mind or maybe it was because I only read a few pages per day, but I had a hard time keeping the characters straight for the first 75 pages or so. I kept having to turn back to previous chapters to reacquaint myself with the characters. However, once everyone was straight in my mind, I quite enjoyed The Vaults.
I could imagine the whole story as a crime adventure movie. I hope that happens.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars