FOR FANS OF ROBERT B. PARKER AND ROBERT CRAIS
A pregnant woman hires ex-mob fixer and security specialist Noah Milano to track down the man who got her pregnant. When it turns out this man is quite the scoundrel Noah gets involved with Russian gangsters and a murder case.
Praise by other authors:
''The writing is fresh and vivid and lively, paying homage to the past while standing squarely in the present." -James W. Hall, author of Silencer.
''Great pop sensibility with a nod to the classic L.A. PIs.'' - David Levien, author 13 Million Dollar Pop
'Noah Milano walks in the footsteps of the great P.I,.'s, but leaves his own tracks." - Robert J. Randisi, founder of PWA and The Shamus Award
"J. Vandersteen takes us back to the glory days of pulp fiction. And I mean the genre, NOT the movie. His Noah Milano character rings completely true as a tough, lone-wolf private." - Jeremiah Healy, author of TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER
A 50 page long short story or short novella to finish off January’s reading with and get the numbers up to a round total of 10.
Interesting tale, well told - Noah Milano – PI or security specialist – take your pick, is hired to locate the guy who has gotten his client pregnant. With abortion not an option, financial recompense is sought to enable the lady to support her child.
Milano starts digging and soon establishes that he’s not the only guy in town hunting down the vanished lothario. Having tracked down Robert Reynolds, ahead of the Russian mob, Milano agrees to allow Reynolds some time to collate the pay-off or he’ll alert the Russians as to his whereabouts.
Before Milano has time to congratulate himself on his speedy resolution, he’s arrested for Reynolds murder by a cop with a hard-on for him and his estranged criminal father. Released after the intervention of his father’s lawyer, Milano at risk to himself soon secures his client’s recompense from the only likely source of the funds before handing the cop’s Reynolds murderer.
I liked how Vandersteen started us off in one direction, before the story morphed into something else.
Entertaining throughout and definitely a PI I wouldn’t mind reading more about in the future.
Jochem Vandersteen is a Dutch crime writer. His website/blog is here.
4 from 5
Bought a couple of years ago on Amazon UK for Kindle.