Like Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs, this is detective story set in scifi setting with some dystopian flavor (all descendent of Asimov's Baley-Olivaw)--that makes it part of the nerd-boiled
I suppose nerd-boiled fiction isn't really for me. It's got some cool ideas (articulate animals & infants, lotsa creative narcotics, Hindu ideas for law enforcement), but generally it appears that it solves dystopian fiction's universal problem of slick setting/stupid story by superimposing the standard detective narrative over the Evil Future setting. The resulting elixir combines the drawbacks of both and, having too little space for development, edits away the benefits of either. (I still like Asimov, just because, though.)
Recommended for those who pick the scabs off other people's lives, neophyte gunsels, and people who look over-age.