- Mass Market Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425162672
- ISBN-13: 978-0425162675
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,001,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlanta Graves Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Readers who approach a new mystery series with caution will be delighted by the debut of Atlanta, Georgia, private investigator Sunny Childs. Sunny is an appealing lead--tough, funny, likable, insecure, and smart. The story, which has Sunny racing against time to solve an art theft and catch a killer before her detective agency defaults on a large bank loan, will have readers turning the pages as fast as they can. The novel's only drawback is its Remington Steelelike premise: Sunny must constantly "front" for the agency's owner, the mysterious Gunnar Brushwood, who is never around when he's needed. Some readers--especially fans of the popular television series--may find this a tad derivative. However, it's worth overlooking, for this is otherwise a top-notch mystery, and the further adventures of Sunny Childs will be most welcome. David Pitt
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Birmingham succeeds in creating a tone that is hip and humorous and overall her style does resemble that of Sue Grafton. There's certainly room for more great mysteries with female protagonists, though, isn't there? It's also great fun to see a detective series set in Atlanta, a dynamic, cosmopolitan, and historic city.
The only drawback I found was the laborious "let me tell you how I did it before I kill you" passage toward the end of the book. I suppose this is pretty standard fare for detective novels, but I would like to think that this feature could be minimized.
Otherwise, congratlations to Ms. Birmingham for her inaugural effort.