Reviewed By: Tama Filipas - RAM
Pilikia Is My Business
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Class/Genre: Mystery Private Investigator Woman Main Character
I'd heard about this book from a bunch of folks, put in a suggestion for purchase at my library, and in the short time it took to arrive, it won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel.
The main character is a former women's pro basketball player who blocks jump shots with the best of them, cusses fluently in Italian, lives a rather disorganized life (to which I totally relate) in a small flat, and bears a vague similarity to Stephanie Plum, but I even hesitate to say that for fear that if you don't care for the Evanovich books you won't read this one. It's totally different, I promise.
The story, set in Hawaii, is centered on the search for a teenaged boy who's been sent into hiding by his mother to protect him from his allegedly abusive father. There's political corruption, church corruption, abortion rights protests, leprosy, explosions, and a slathering rottweiler--a little something for everyone. The dialogue is some of the best I've read in a mystery in a long while, and the characterization is top notch.
Tama Filipas - RAM
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