Saturday, March 19, 2011
Innocent Monster (Moe Prager) by Reed Farrel Coleman
Reed Farrel Coleman is surely one of the most valued PI writers of the last decade. The praise by other writers and genre fans aren't in line with the overall popularity and sales of his books however. Hopefully with this novel that will change.
In this sixth Moe Prager novel the hero is asked by his daughter to find Sashi Bluntstone, the missing daughter of her childhood friend and a very young but popular painter. There's a lot of people who hate her work, and even more who want to profit from it. That means there's lots of detecting to do for Prager while he tries to get a better sense of his relationship with his daughter and his single status.
What makes this such a wonderful book is that there's enough character-pieces in it to make it multi-layered and interesting but never forgets it's also a mystery. There's a good deal of surprises in the end!
If you like Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder you'll be sure to enjoy this top notch mystery novel.