Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled – short story
3 Stars out of 5
Dee Rabow and her partner Ricky run a detective agency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She's an ex-cop, ex-prostitute, ex-stripper known as Diabla. With that background I wondered how she was accepted into the police force. She and Ricky were partners there before both were kicked out after a vague event occurred during a case. Diabla is a beautiful, rough talking broad with a big heart who says she needs to get laid. You'd think she could find somebody to help her out with that little problem.
The writing is good with minor editing errors. The style is reminiscent of the rough and tumble detective stories of the 1940s and 50s. It's far more lighthearted and casual than I expect in a story billed as hard-boiled. The violence and rapes must be what prompted the author to choose that sub-genre.
In one on one dialog the author kept inserting the name of the person being addressed as if the reader couldn't keep tract of the back and forth conversation.
Character development was good enough for a short story. Sentence structure was mostly okay. The plot was good but rather simple.
Many side questions were left unanswered, like why the antagonist chose the victims he killed. Then there were things Diabla did in gathering evidence, breaking and entering, that would have made the evidence inadmissible in the case. In real life her shooting the perp a second time would have resulted in charges against her.
But all in all it was an enjoyable short read.
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