Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Rather Slow PI Novel

Greg Olsen, an Iraqi veteran, is accused of killing his girl friend, Camille Bowman. Michelle Tompkins, a friend of both Olsen and Bowman doesn't believe he's guilty and hires Clayton Guthrie and his female Puerto Rican assistant, Rachel Vasquez, to investigate the crime.

Much of the action in the book involves surveillance and educating Rachael in the need for patience and close observation. A potential witness, Ghost Eddie, is found, but disappears. As we follow Guthrie and Vasquez in the search for this elusive individual, we meet a number of interesting characters, and see some unusual settings., however, it didn't hold my interest.

The procedural aspects of the novel like the unusual characters and settings are interesting. However, the character development is poor. The focus of the book is on the activities of Guthrie and Vasquez, including a great deal about Vasquez's difficult home situation. Since this doesn't directly relate to the crime, it gets boring and encourages you to skip to the more interesting parts. We hardly meet Olsen and Tompkins, the characters closest to the crime. 

I found this book difficult to get interested in. The plot when it finally evolves at the end of the book shows a great deal of promise, but getting to it is long and drawn out. I put the book down several times and had to force myself to finish it. If you really love PI novels, you may enjoy this one, but it's not one of my favorites.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.