- Series: A Charlie Henry Mystery (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250027985
- ISBN-13: 978-1250027986
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pawnbroker: A Mystery (A Charlie Henry Mystery) Hardcover – January 28, 2014
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The Thurlos, who already have the Ella Clah and Sister Agatha series going, launch a new series, starring Charlie Henry, a Navajo who was formerly a special-ops agent in Afghanistan and Iraq. Henry returns to civilian life in Albuquerque, hoping for a quieter life as co-owner of a pawnshop with his best army, “got your back” buddy. Readers get a blast of action right away: Charlie’s first love, Gina, now a lawyer, does him a favor by setting up a buy of files about the pawnshop’s previous owner and is gunned down on the street, along with the seller. The entire novel moves at a breakneck pace through burglaries, stakeouts, and car chases, always aggravating Charlie’s residual PTSD. The mystery centers on what is in the pawnshop that so many people are desperately searching for. Henry’s hard-won street smarts and informal contacts allow him access to a detective within the Albuquerque Police Department, giving this book more authenticity and punch than if he worked alone. This is a promising debut for a very contemporary character. --Connie Fletcher
“Fans of the Sister Agatha and Ella Clah mysteries (Ghost Medicine, 2013, etc.) will find the Thurlos' new series kickoff more thriller than mystery, though there's still a touch of the trademark Navajo lore.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Since their pawn shop buys and sells firearms the new owners are anxious to obtain the missing records that pertain to the previous sales and purchases. It's a staying within the law kind of thing. They hire Gina, a long-time lawyer friend of Charlie's, to help them with this task. An agreement is made for a monetary exchange for the records. Gina and Baza agree upon a time and place to meet for the exchange. Oh boy. Now the bullets start to fly and bodies fall.
A bit reminiscent of their recent hair-raising adventures in Afghanistan, Charlie and Gordon find their military training definitely a plus in the run and chase challenges that suddenly involve murder, shoot-outs and some real live adrenalin flow. Bodies continue to pile up, lots of bullets whiz through the air, and stake-outs get a bit boring. Isn't that what always happens in Albuquerque?
The story has its moments of spirited crime fiction; however, it is not a nail biting tale that keeps you jumping at every strange noise! The story has some suspense and is an entertaining mystery. At times, it seems to plod along at a snail's pace, and suddenly it will speed up like a jack rabbit bounding through the desert. There is unnecessary dialogue and meandering, and if you are looking for the kind of Ella Clah adventures, from the same team of authors, you may be disappointed in this new series.
Charlie’s guilt lies heavy and he seeks to avenge Gina’s injuries and bring the perpetrator to justice. Gina’s “roommate” is an APD officer and helps Charlie and Gordon find the killers. They use their military intelligence skills in finding the guilty parties.
I’m a big fan of the Thurlos’ other series, one of which involves a female Navajo former FBI agent who returns home to help the Dine, and another involving a Navajo State Police officer who happens to be a vampire, so I was pleased to come upon this one. I was not disappointed.
I was intrigued by the subplot of a Navajo having to walk in two worlds, and how returning vets assimilate. I liked the relationship between Charlie and Gordon and how they still have each other’s back. The supporting characters were interesting, and I liked the setting of Albuquerque. I read this in about two days, it was that good. If there are more, I’ll be picking them up.
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