About this book: Pericles “Perry” Christo is a PI with a past—a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.
The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boyfriends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger…and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire.
This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York’s mean streets and along Hamptons’ beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.
Judge this book by its cover? Love the ominous, black clouds hovering over the Manhattan skyline. Perfect.
Reminds me of…J.A. Jance
Buy or borrow? Buy–for the cause. Sale proceeds go to Safe Horizon: moving victims of violence from crisis to confidence.
Why did I read this book? For Touchstone for review.
Would I read another by these authors? I have and will.
My take: This mystery contains all the classic elements of a noir novel, from the down-on-his-luck (yet appealing) New York private investigator, to the chilly Manhattan streets to its gray, sleeting skies. While this serial novel’s edgy style doesn’t particularly appeal to me, I can’t help but admire the stellar collaborative effort.
I’ll admit pure curiosity drew me to this book. Could 20 mystery novelists pull off a cohesive whole? My answer is a resounding yes, thanks in no small part a smart editor and, evidently, superb planning.
Richard Castle would be proud.
Thanks to Touchstone for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.