Monday, January 14, 2019

The Workers of Iniquity (C.T. Ferguson) by Tom Fowler

C.T. Ferguson is back, the pro bono hacking PI in another solid tale. Hired to find a missing husband he clashes with loansharks and uncovers some other crimes.
What I enjoy about this series is the youtful energy behind it, not a surprise as the protagonist is not even 30, unlike most 40-something private eyes.
I do think he gets helped out by his cop friend a bit too easily perhaps, but I guess that keeps the story fast-paced.
Not groundbreaking or winning any awards. But absolutely an enjoyable tale.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Like To Die (Rush McKenzie) by David Housewright

At first it seems like a pretty tame investigation... Wealthy ex-cop Rush McKenzie is asked to find out who is sabotaging the factory of a friend's friend.
When he investigates he finds himself mildly attracted to her and discovers a whole bunch of secrets, leading him to face a lot more dangers then he figured.
As always it's good to hang out with McKenzie who manages to be both Spenser-style hero and Everyman.
While this one starts up a bit slow when it starts to speed up it's an exciting read.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Favorite Sons of 2018

I got divorced this year as most PI's seem to do as well. It kind of cut into my reading time and I had a little trouble concentrating on the written word. I didn't write a lot myself either. Next year I will probably be more active again.
Still, I managed to read and review enough to come up with my Best Of list again:

BEST PI NOVEL: Broken Ground (Jay Porter) by Joe Clifford
BEST DEBUT: August Snow (August Snow) by Stephen Mack Jones
BEST NEW PI: Marker by Marcus Pelegrimas
BEST ACTION SCENES: Miami Burn (Titus) by John D. Patten

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Miami Chill (Titus) by John D. Patten

Miami tough guy Titus rolls into another hardboiled adventure. He is hired to bodyguard a hot pop singer (and manages to bed her) and sets out to take down a human trafficking ring.
There's the same amount of action as the first book served up but what makes this one so enjoyable is the banter between Titus and the pop singer. Titus is very much his own man, very unique and self-contained.
I'm not a big fan of the love interest Sofia. There's too much PI-types already lusting for hot cops.
Aside from that another nice mix of Lee Child and John D. MacDonald.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Colorblind (Jesse Parker) by Reed Farrel Coleman / Robert B. Parker

Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is just back from rehab when an African American woman gets murdered. When more racially motivated crimes are committed he gives it his all to find out who is behind this. That task doesn't become easier though when his black female officer Alisha guns down a what appears to be unarmed man.
There's also a young man named Slayton Cole (how cool does that name sound) who fills in a role that reminded me of Spenser's bond with Paul in several novels.
Coleman manages to weave a tight mystery in with another piece of  character development of Jesse Stone quite nicely. Keeping his own writing style, but offering the kind of short chapters Robert B. Paker used Mr. Coleman shows again why he was such a good choice do continue this series.