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Having read the previous "Coast to Coast" I thought I would give this one a try and was not disappointed. Each of the stories brings the reader to a different part of the country. While the detective(s) each have similar ways of thinking they are unique in their own way. The stories are imaginative and well worth the purchase price and time. Would highly recommend this book and will be looking forward to a 3rd.
There are many strong and well written stories in this anthology for fans of PI fiction. I like that I could finish a story in one sitting and not have to wait a long time to get to the resolution. A few stories in particular caught my attention, “Windward” by Paul D Marks has a great Venice Beach, LA atmosphere and I loved the PI character an ex-surfer, ex-cop who lives in a bunker underneath his office. “King’s Quarter,” set in the rough part of Portland, Maine, by Andy McAleer also stands out. It's both hard-boiled and poignant at the same time. The PI just wants to get out of the Quarter but no one ever seems to be able to escape. And “Out of Business” by Eric Beetner is a noir tale of what happens when a failed PI decides to take one more case before going out of business. Art Taylor's “A Necessary Ingredient” makes a nice hat tip to Raymond Chandler. Also notable are Matt Coyle’s dark tale “The #2 Pencil” and J.L. Abramo’s and Michael Bracken’s stories. I would highly recommend this book. There are so many good stories you can't go wrong.
This book was a wonderful journey. The stories are diverse and it takes no time to get into each one of them. The only negative point in my opinion is that there is not one single story with a female lead investigator with her own business. The only story there is involving female investigators is actually a team of 5 investigator, male and female.
As much as it is accurate that the profession contains more men than women, and given the fact that all the stories are fiction, it would have been nice to read a story with a woman at the head of her own PI business.
Female investigators are growing in numbers and a lot of them run very profitable businesses.
Other than that, I will definitely read it again, it was worth every penny =)