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I've seen attempts to blend hardboiled detective fiction with cyberpunk/dark future before, but never in such a maniacally weird way. By Jonathan Lethem, this novel is set in a future Oakland, where kangaroos and babies have artificially-evolved adult intelligence. There's a murder mystery involved, but I don't remember it. Like a lot of cyberpunk novels, you're in it for the zany ride; and like the best Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammett novels, you're in it for the rapid-fire prose.

Literal karma points, cigar-chomping infants, 'roos with tommy guns, and a society with laws against asking questions...It'll either be too weird for you to keep reading, or it'll be too weird for you to not finish.

For the record, I got it for the title, which was just cool. It comes from a reference to "the occasional music of a gun" that blares and shrieks in old black and white thrillers.

"Tell him next time he wants to talk to me, don't send a marsupial."

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