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While working up a story about the U.S. Customs Service, Diamond is caught in a shootout at the Los Angeles International Airport. By the time lead stops flying, three passengers from an incoming flight out of Beijing are dead and an infant Cambodian girl who'd accompanied them has vanished. Despite her lowly status as a suburban journo, the "flawed and fanciful" young Diamond--who's always had a soft spot for children in trouble--eschews more quotidian assignments in order to concentrate on this rapidly expanding mystery. But solving it could cost her plenty, physically as well as emotionally. It places Diamond in the midst of a tug-of-war between immigration officials (who have taken the little girl into hiding, supposedly for her own protection), profusely armed goons (who'll do almost anything to get her back), and a hero-worshipped immigration attorney with a fondness for robot dogs (who hopes to win political asylum for the toddler). Meanwhile, the reporter must suffer a 10-year-old video-game obsessive with a hate on for the owners of a local cyber café; a former lover who's suddenly stepped back into her life, bringing with him more dangers than delights; and an unexpected pregnancy by Hispanic music promoter Silvio Aguilar. There are so many twists and tensions here, that one can almost hear the credibility stretching as Last Lullaby approaches its fiery culmination.
Hamilton, an ex-Times staffer herself, knows the L.A. scene intimately, and she brings to her fiction a genuine appreciation of it's history, diverse subcultures, and class disparities. Her portrayal of that sun-bleached city as home to illegal immigrants in continual fear of deportation is especially heart-rending. Yet Last Lullaby hits a sour note when it tries to turn Eve Diamond into V.I. Warshawski with a press pass. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The pacing in this book is amazing and has such a wonderful flow that I felt I was being pulled foward by it.
Eve doggedly pursues this story while also grappeling with her feelings for her current lover and a past lover who has mysteriously reappeared in her life.
If you read the series, many loose ends are tied up in this book but that somehow took away from the plot and case she was working on.
I love the Eve Diamond series and would recommend it, as well as her other 'stand alone' novels, to any reader of mysteries and LA noir fans. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Ria Darling
this novel is one of the few books that I failed to finish. I struggled through to page 156 and felt that the plot still had not developed. Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by bondi girl
Denise hamilton is getting better with each book.
I love the character of Eve Diamond and the authenticity
with which she is written. Read more