From Publishers Weekly
Despite a less than credible plot, Black's third novel (after 2004's Windy City Knights
) to feature Chicago kickboxer Ron Shade, has its charms, not least a street-smart, likable hero. Shade, an ex-cop turned PI, reluctantly takes work from his least favorite kind of client, a lawyer, and from the police lieutenant who helped boot him off the force. Lieutenant Bielmaster wants Shade to keep a paroled ex-con away from Bielmaster's daughter, hinting that Shade might get reinstated in the PD in return. Defense attorney Rick Walters recruits Shade's help on a civil wrongful death suit, an attempt to get a measure of justice for a murdered woman whose husband was acquitted, possibly because of a corrupt judge. In his minimal downtime, Shade takes a crack at the world heavyweight kickboxing championship. He faces pretty fierce competition in the ring, but nothing as lethal as the attempts on his life that result from his involvement in the trial. (Oct.)
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Black, a police sergeant in Matteson, Illinois, delivers the cadence of cop speech, the virulence of cop politics, and the vagaries of the street as only a cop can. This is the third installment in Black's series about former Chicago cop and current private eye Ron Shade. This time out Shade takes on every cop's nemesis, a crackerjack defense attorney, when an old friend asks Shade to look into a wrongful death suit revolving around the killing of a North Shore woman by her husband, and his subsequent acquittal. And the Chicago Police Department lieutenant who was behind Shade's dismissal from the force asks Shade to look out for his daughter, who is being bothered by a sex offender. Black keeps the action humming, except in the subplot involving Shade's training for the kickboxing championship, which sometimes seems like recycled Robert B. Parker. Still, this is a crisp, fast-moving mystery. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved