“I hate to overuse a word, but "riveting" comes to mind! Having lived in L.A. during the era and events found in this book, I could relate to the frenetic energy, the fear, the "racially charged" atmosphere. Kudos to Paul for getting this spot on.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I hate to overuse a word, but "riveting" comes to mind! Having lived in L.A. during the era and events found in this book, I could relate to the frenetic energy, the fear, the "racially charged" atmosphere. Kudos to Paul for getting this spot on.”AnneCarter wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tired. Need nouns. Verbs. Sentences. Plot. B. Characters. C. Style. F. Five stars. No. Three stars. Yes. Staccato. No. Legato. Like. Reading should be a pleasure, not a puzzle.”M L Simpson wrote this review Sunday, November 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In 1992, the Rodney King case was about to become public.
P.I. Duke Rogers is asked to find a missing schoolmate by a new client. He gets the address for a Teddie Matson and later learns that she was a TV actress and the client was really a stalker who killed her.
Duke wants to find the client and bring him to justice but it's hard to ask questions in this racially divided area. Teddie was a black woman and Duke isn't wanted by most of the people in that area.
Then another woman, Laurie Hamilton contacts Duke. She's also being stalked. Duke is busy with the first investigation so suggests she call on a different P.I.
The Rodney King decision is given and L.A. erupts into riots, burning and looting.
The author tells an interesting story. I liked when he decided he would help Laurie and does his best even with the riots going on.
However, I would have liked more character development. Laurie and Teddie were both being stalked but I didn't know enough about them to sympathize with their predicament. I would have liked more background on some of the black characters to understand why they had such hatred for whites and authority in general.
The dialogue is right on and fans of Elmore Leonard should like this novel. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.”