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April Woo is no Charlie Chan!
on March 13, 1997
April Woo is the best fictional female cop of them all! Leslie Glass has brought us a deeply human, yet fascinatingly inscrutable heroine in Hanging Time. Where Burning Time was brooding and macbre, Hanging Time weaves a perplexing and compelling story that doesn't disappoint on any level. Not a purists' police procedural nor an overly sensational crime thriller, Hanging Time gradually feeds out a little more about each character and their lives from the last book.
Mystery fiction can so easily resort to cliched characters and tired crime plots, but Ms Glass has brought to life a group of characters who, although intertwined, are uniquely independent and involving.
April Woo, a strong determined detective, struggles with her cultural conflicts and domineering mother. Her Mexican partner is a possible love interest, but not obviously so and not in this book, thank you.
Jason Frank, unlike Jonathon Kellerman's shrink, is an unwilling partner in investigations but his weaknesses are touchingly human. His life is far from ideal and his insight is not used as some super-human knowledge as psychiatric professionals are sometimes used.
This series of novels is the best I've found since getting hooked on John Sanford's Davenport. Linda Glass is able to portray her people as normal humans with all the ambivilence and insight that real people experience without beating a concept to death. Gimme more...