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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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But the supporting cast is just as lively as the first part of the action takes us through classic hard-boiled sequences and lead into a complicated sting that shows that Boss has brains to go with the rest of the package. It’s fun to read and will certainly earn MacTavin many more fans.
The book is also over the top in a good way. Pure escapist fun. Think James Bond meets hardboiled noir with a colorful cast of characters. Since other reviewers have already done it, I won’t go into a synopsis of the story, but suffice it to say, it’s a fast fun read that will leave you wanting more Boss MacTavin.
Boss is at his best in this new novel. He's lean, mean, and oh so clever, but has Boss met his match? You'll enjoy this action-packed mystery/thriller even if this is the first book you've read in the series. I'll bet you can't read just one, so get started today.
Once I got past the shock factor I realised this was a book which in the golden age of crime fiction would have been called hard-boiled. It had a private investigator or PI, plus mafia thugs, a black widow, crooked cops, and plenty of violent action.
Boss MacTavin undertakes an investigation for Don Sal Vittale, a San Francisco mafia don. The Don wants him to look into the murder of his niece’s husband in Charlotte, but the problem for Boss is that the man accused of the killing is the son of Don Cordalini, an old adversary. The investigation starts off a series of action filled and violent events.
Boss MacTavin was an interesting main character. He’s a tough guy, with tough looks, and a battle scarred body. He also only has one eye, the result of a previous violent confrontation. The book was well written, the descriptions were excellent, and the atmosphere suited the story. Part one was action packed and typical of the hard-boiled style, the pace was fast, and violence proliferated. The pace seemed to change in part two, there was more planning and slightly less action, and seemed to become a sting novel which Boss MacTavin termed a Correction. Although this part had less action it had more mystery, and I was left guessing what the Correction was going to be, and along the way there were several twists. Needless to say, by the end all was clear.
I liked this book on several levels. Firstly, I liked the hard-boiled style of part one, which satisfied all the expectations of this style of book. The characters were good and realistic and played their roles well. The writing was atmospheric and descriptive, and the action scenes were also realistic. In part two, I like the mystery element and the twists, and when the sting finally took place it was a surprise.
Reading this book has made me want to read the first two Boss MacTavin books, although this book is a stand-alone and is perfectly understandable without reading the previous two.