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The plot is really fairly straightforward at its foundation: Amber is hired to find information on a dodgy foreclosure. But it turns out to be a far more twisty and convoluted situation than that. There are corrupt cops, Russian mobsters and gang kids, plots and plans and deals and deception on all sides. Yes, --all-- sides -- even Amber herself steps over into the shadowy side of legal at times.
I enjoyed it enough as an e-book that I'm planning on buying a dead-tree edition. This is a book that rates shelf space.
Plot: Private investigator Amber Eckart took on what appears to be a straightforward case, just to find out that her client's identity is false and there are many dangerous factions at play. The level of detail (the legal language, the tidbits about gun usage, the realistic and necessary violence) helped ground the story and the events are convincing except for one.
Character: We have a female investigator who is smart and makes rational decisions. YES!!! (how hard is to write? Apparently very because I haven't found too many of those...) She is tough but we also see moments when she is overwhelmed by the responsibility to keep her employees and friends safe. I can get behind that kind of character!
Writing: I loved the conversations. They are interesting and full of humor. Amber does not let herself get intimidated and she can talk herself out of situations. But I did not like the descriptions. They were overwrought. Even though I liked the cleverness in the conversations, it was just too much to have it all the time. It is only a quibble. The book is enjoyable and I will probably read the next in the series.
P.S.: I know the author slightly through a few interactions on GoodReads. He did not talk about this book or ask me to read it. I got it and decided to give a go on my own. If anything, my review is too "honest" in the sense that I probably underrated the book by not rounding up.
This book ate my Saturday. I kept thinking I would do something besides read all day and these characters had sucked me in and I couldn't help but glance at my kindle. They kept calling my name.
Amber Eckert is an almost broke private investigator. She is barely making ends meet month to month. In walks a lawyer with a case that promises to put her in the black for a couple of months so she jumps on the chance.
Once she starts digging she realizes that things aren't like they seemed and the dick-wad lawyer was lying to her. She umm well she convinces him to change the error of his ways and she stays on the case.
The book is one of those big rich guys taking advantage of the little guy. Which I can totally relate too. So I'm eating it up.
The whole time I'm reading this book I'm simply amazed that this is a self published book. Upon finishing it I stick by my opinion that this is one of the best self pubbed works that I've read.
The writing is amazing. Plume takes the private eye noir and makes it fresh and new.
Amber is a amazing female character that doesn't have the perfect life, body or that perfect man in her life. Awesomeness. She is totally bad-ass. She faces down a group of punks and never bats an eye. Even though she is completely freaking out on the inside. I kept shaking my head that a guy wrote this.
I did receive an copy of this book from the author. He is my friend on Goodreads. That changed nothing. This is my honest review.
Overall, a fantastic read, and worth a re-read too at that. I'd highly recommend it.
nicely assorted and well developed. There was great descriptive writing of each scene, so I felt as though I were there. The only problem is that I read a lot, so have to stay in the $0 - $2.99 price range. This book was much better than that, so it will be hard to go back. Can't wait for another book in the series!
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