Author – Marta Stephens
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Hard Boiled
323 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 10/20/17
No. 63 - 2017
My Impressions: 1962 L.A., P.I. thinks and talks tough, falls short on actions.
Rhonie Lude – ex-cop, private investigator.
Oliver Kurtz – client, wants Lude to check on his daughter.
Amanda Kinney – Oliver’s daughter, intelligent party girl, works in Warren’s law office.
Michael Warren - attorney
Private eye Rhonie Lude is down on her luck and running out of clients when Oliver Kurtz hires her to watch over his daughter. Rhonie feels from the start she is being lied to and important information is being withheld. But she doesn’t confront Oliver until after the case goes sideways and people die.
From the beginning, Amanda is not who she pretends to be and her father knows it, but he doesn’t tell Rhonie. She is left in the dark to fumble around at the edge of a dangerous situation that goes downhill fast and results in multiple deaths.
I didn’t like the Oliver Kurtz character from the start. He professed to care for his daughter but set her and Rhonie up to fail. Nothing about the relationship made any sense, even at the end.
Too many things just happen and in the end we are left to believe Rhonie was manipulated even before Oliver hired her. There were few details to back up how that happened, just Rhonie’s gut feeling.
When Rhonie is tied by the antagonist the ropes on her ankles mysteriously loosen and fall free.
A fight scene near the end is poorly orchestrated and feeble. She could easily have prevented it.
Rhonie was beaten and her partner killed when she was a cop. She vowed it would never happen again. She had a gun pointed at the antagonist and instead of shooting him, let it happen again. She’s definitely wimpy, not hard boiled.
The editing is sloppy: missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words. Not terrible, but not perfect.
Character development is good.
Continuity is passable but has multiple issues that are confusing. One scene says, five predictable words. “Oh my…what happened?” I counted four words.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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