Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Sinner's Ball (Jackson Steeg) by Ira Berkowitz
Steeg is quite a hardboiled hothead but still the methods of his brother are even a bit too hardboiled for the detective. One of the most important parts of the novel is how Steeg tries to walk the fine line between good and evil.
What distinguishes him from his brother and his thugs?
The dialogue is very snappy, the prose very tight, making this a very fast but satisfying read. A lot of that satisfaction comes from the twist at the end. I sure as hell didn't guess whodunnit.
If you're looking for a cross between Robert B. Parker and James Lee Burke this novel's for you!