One of the things I most loved about the book (and the one that is going to compel me to read through it again) is the band of characters that support Boone. They’re all colorful and different, almost a full spectrum of the way Boone’s life could have and might still go if he chooses a path. I especially loved the way I got to slide into their heads briefly enough to understand the conflicts that fired them into doing the different things they did throughout the novel.
Petra, the lady lawyer that insists on accompanying Boone on his search for a missing witness, is written well. If this book makes it to the movie studios (and it definitely has my vote), it’s going to take a great actress to pull it all off. She’s strong and sexy, and a complete pain in the butt when she wants to be – which is exactly the kind of character to pit Boone against as he tries to grind out what should be an investigation cakewalk that turns ugly and dangerous. Her appearance and subsequent interest in Boone causes problems with Boone’s main squeeze, Sunny Day.
There’s enough action, betrayal, and mystery to keep fans of the private eye genre devouring the book. Even if you figure out what’s actually taking place, you’re still in for a great ride while Winslow ties up every plot thread he’s dangled out there in a satisfactory conclusion.