From Publishers Weekly
When an aimless shot from a car full of teens strikes Jack Liffey's 16-year-old daughter, Maeve, the professional child finder has no intention of allowing justice to follow its aimless course in Shannon's lively eighth series mystery (after 2004's Terminal Island
). Gloria Ramirez, the policewoman with whom Liffey lives in East Los Angeles's Boyle Heights, tries to distract him by arranging to have him hired to look for her hopelessly naïve niece, Luisa Wilson, who's disappeared and believed headed for L.A.'s porn factories. Shannon nails bizarre characters like two shady filmmakers, Kenyon Styles and Rod Whipple, who dream of hitting the big money by filming contrived disasters. Gloria's neighborhood has its share of dangers but also its share of charms. Though seedy characters abound, Liffey prefers to look on the bright side: "I'd like to believe everybody's just an inch from okay.... A little less this, a little more that." The world Liffey inhabits is far from okay, but watching him struggle to make a small difference is big entertainment.
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*Starred Review* In the newest Jack Liffey novel (following Terminal Island
[BKL MY 1 04]), the amiable, introspective detective becomes the target of a drive-by shooting--but the bullet finds his beloved teenage daughter, Maeve. She survives, and Jack's novia
, a cop named Gloria Ramirez, tries to take his mind off revenge by setting him up with a missing-kid case. The kid is Luisa Wilson, an Owens Valley Paiute Indian fleeing a bad home situation only to fall prey to even worse abusers in Los Angeles. Ethnicity and ethics always play a large role in the Liffey books, and Dangerous Games'
extremely diverse cast lends richness both to Jack's attempt to mentor a troubled youth and to a reality-video story line that plays off the controversial bumfights
videos. After eight excellent Liffeys, why isn't Shannon a household name? Perhaps it's because his stories make readers examine their own attitudes and beliefs as much as the crimes on the page. But while this isn't simple escapism, Shannon has mastered the most essential element of the genre, giving us a guy we want to stand shoulder to shoulder with while we try to make sense out of a senseless universe. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved