Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
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Stuart M. Kaminsky
Series: Lew Fonesca # 1
Forge, Sep 1999, $22.95, 254 pp.
Three years six months and five days ago, Lew Fonesca’s beloved spouse died when some unknown driver sideswiped her car, sending her crashing into a wall. Distraught, Lew immediately left Chicago to escape the memories. When his vehicle broke down in Sarasota, Florida, Lew decided to stay. He soon began working for a couple of attorneys, discreetly handling their investigative needs even though he has no license to practice professional sleuthing.
Real estate giant Carl Sebastian hires Lew’s services to find his missing wife Melanie. Carl wants to only talk to her to see if he can persuade her to return home. However, the simple case turns complex when someone tails Lew and his clues seem to lead him to taking backwards steps. At the same time, Lew cannot refuse Beryl Tree’s retainer to find her missing teen in danger from an abusive father and a nasty individual who bought the girl.
Perhaps it is time to declare award winning Stuart Kaminsky as the reigning monarch of excellent detective series with such notables as Inspector Rostnikov, Toby Peters, and Abe Lieberman. His newest player Lew Fonesca may be the best of the lot. Lovable Lew is still mourning his loss while counting every second away from his beloved. Yet, he cannot stop himself from helping the oppressed. VENGEANCE consists of two obvious story lines that Mr. Kaminsky’s writing abilities turn into excellent tales along with Lew, a feat that makes this novel worth reading.
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