Genre – Crime
Rating 3 stars our of 5
Jessica Harper, legal aid lawyer, is the lead character.
Cobi Tate, ex-football player, now an investigator for Jessica is the co-protagonist.
More than half of the other characters are antagonist to some degree, or simply not nice folks
Paul Sidney, peddles pot, accused of murder
The plot for Cold City Streets is great. The author is a good story teller, and that is reflected in his writing. Jessie is an attorney who deals primarily with the dregs of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada's low life society. She takes on the defense of a murder suspect because none of the criminal defense attorneys will touch it. The police have a suspect who deals dope and was caught with the murder weapon on his person and a large amount of cash. It's a slam dunk case and the police are positive Paul Sidney is guilty.
Jessie's office is strapped for money and needs an investigator to run down leads to build a defense case for Paul. In steps Cobi Tate, a big tough ex-quarterback from Detroit. He grew up in rough neighborhoods and was no stranger to the rough and tumble street action, even though his dad was a police detective.
The story is interesting and the action filled pace is fast as Cobi runs down leads to extract information from mostly unfriendly suspects and acquaintences.
And then there's the downside. The editing is bad. There are multiple major word problems: missing, extra, misspelled, wrong and some extra commas where they shouldn't be. There are also continuity issues. Several scenes are at night, and then without explanation the next scene is in the afternoon. In another scene, Cobi hands Jessie the keys to his BMW, then for several scenes she refers to the car as 'her car' in all instances instead of the car or Cobi's car. It was very confusing.
I had problems with some of the descriptions used: what does dissatisfaction smell like and how do horns honk angrily? Pine and spruce trees were described as naked in the winter months. Evergreens, unlike deciduous trees don't lose their needles in the winter, so how can they be naked?
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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