Alex Rada is an off-beat private investigator
in the best traditions of the genre: a Ukrainian still fighting the
cold war who frequents the seamier parts of New York. Katherine Raines,
working on the campaign team of a prominent politician, moves in rather
different circles, but their lives collide when she comes to Rada for help
finding out what has happened to a missing friend. Though Murderously
certainly has enough action, it is not just a thriller: it has
a richly detailed setting, sparkling dialogue, and complex, convincing,
and engaging characters. My only complaint is that, at 200 pages, it
is too short: I was just getting into the swing of things at the end.
But the subtitle is "An
Alex Rada Mystery", so I hope to see more.
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