Author – David Lee Dambrosio
Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Crime Noir
Word Count 87,000
Rating 4 stars out of 5
No. – 33 - 2018
My Impressions: 1949 Cleveland, Ohio, pinstriped suits, gangsters, a moll, true love.
Harry Hamm – tough P.I.
Addie – Harry's secretary then girlfriend.
Earl Griggs – P.I. and Harry's best friend.
Harry, Earl and two other buddies who served in WWII in Europe start a detective agency after the war.
Harry is the tough guy and Earl is the thinker/planner. The other partners become involved with 'The Wrong Dame' who has stolen money and record ledgers from the son of a local gang leader. Those two partners are murdered and Vera is captured and tortured by the gangsters.
The story then revolves around the gangsters trying to get their property back and Vera and Earl conniving to increase their wealth by selling the ledgers back to the gangsters.
Harry and Addie are romantically involved and find themselves forced to be middle men to broker a deal between the thieves and the gangsters in order to stay alive.
The Wrong Dame is a bit tongue in cheek. If you can work around that, it's an enjoyable story with interesting characters.
The action is fast, frequent, and deadly with high body counts.
The editing, sentence structure and character descriptions are well done.
The plot is fast paced and interesting.
Details are sparse for readers who want to know how actions came to be instead of them simply happening.
The writing style is reminiscent of the forties and fifties noir stories.
There is cursing and sexual inuendo in the story.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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