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Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer (The Colt Coltrane Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Overall, the book is quite entertaining. The characters are well-written and developed; the plot moves nicely; and a couple of unexpected twists are thrown in to the mix; and most everything resolves nicely by the end. The novel serves as a solid introduction to the title character and a good starting point for future books, particularly since a couple of pieces to this story are left somewhat open-ended.
I only say almost because of my few, simple nitpicks, the first being that for me, the ending felt rushed. It may have been the intent and I missed it, or it may have been the first foray into this genre that led to the overly speedy conclusion.
Or it could have been me reading the ending around 3:30 in the morning.
Regardless of the cause, I felt like many strings were left loose (which I enjoyed) without giving them their proper "that's going to come back and bite me in the ass later" attention (which I didn't like). Beyond the ending, there were a few typos throughout that the average person probably doesn't even see but that kicked me momentarily out of the story; I blame my wife for my attentiveness to such things.
But those are highly lesser nitpicks in the otherwise remarkably enjoyable tale of grey streets, a slick PI, corruption, crime and oh yes . . . Murder. With a capital M. I fully an heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in a detective tale with a little something extra.
Allison does it again with her fantastic character developement and excellent way of wielding the story-teller paint brush. Vivid imagery abounds in this period piece, and although there are touches of modern marvels in her world they do not over burden or take away from the era Colt and Petey reside in.
I agree with some other reviews that would like more investigative discoveries by Colt, but I think this piece stands strong regardless and is a great, quick read if you are looking for such.
But this story is no mere gimmick. The plot has satisfying twists and turns, especially when the 40's-era tech gets involved. And the characters are convincingly drawn. Coltrane is a likable EverySleuth with a messy past, a cracking-wise secretary, and a robot partner who is much more than he seems. And secondary characters aren't neglected. The scrap recovery mastermind and his off-kilter supplier are gems of characterization. As for the dame with the legs ... I'll leave it to you to make her acquaintance.
In a world where WWII nets us some futuristic robot tech from the Japanese, Detective Colt Coltrane does his level best to scrape together a living as a private eye.
He's grown accustomed to the seedy side of his business, catching cheating dames and unfaithful fellas. In fact he's become stuck in a rut of sorts when our femme fatale enters the scene and turns his world upside down.
Does this broken down gumshoe still have enough of what it takes to follow the clues that will lead him right into the most astonishing, terrifying case of his career? You'll have to read it to find out. I don't think you'll be disappointed, I sure wasn't.