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Street Level Hardcover – September 1, 2000
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Author Bob Truluck, winner of the 1999 St. Martin's Press/PWA award for best first private eye novel, is a worthy addition to the ranks of thriller writers who cover the same scene. His sense of humor isn't quite as warped as Carl Hiaasen's and his characters aren't quite as bizarre as Laurence Shames's, but he works the territory well enough for the reader to feel the heat and hear the bugs in the palmetto trees. And Sloan, the womanizing dick with the sentimental soft side, is an interesting enough guy who may grow into a popular recurring hero. Truluck has a deft hand with his secondary characters, particularly Ike Pike, the aforementioned millionaire, whose dreams of fatherhood are barely affected by the criminal tendencies of the woman carrying his baby, and Steven Glass, Ike's partner, who's less than thrilled about his lover's desire for a child. All the noirish details are in place, and Sloan's knight-errant antecedents reach back almost as far as beloved private eye Travis McGee. A nice addition to the genre, Street Level has the feel of a first-in-a-series outing, with more of Sloan's adventures already in the offing. --Jane Adams
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- Publisher : Minotaur Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031226626X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312266264
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.86 x 9.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,198,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book well worth reading.
This time Duncan is helping a man, Isaac Pike, find the girl who is carrying his baby. All arranged illegally through a sperm bank heist. It makes sense that this could happen in real life, what with the way some clinics are run. Blackmail from every angle is running the gamut.
But this book involves more than just trying to find a pregnant girl, there are twists everywhere Duncan turns and some nasty bad guys want a piece of the action.
Sloan enlists the aid of a couple of cops and actually makes them look good. Most PI books make the cops out like the Keystone Cops variety, but here, we have a sort of understanding, not really friendly, but workable.
Sloan is a wise-cracking smart alecky kind of guy who gives the impression he really doesn't care for anyone or anything, but in his heart he does, and every once in a while it slips out. You just gotta love this guy.
Following leads, enlisting the aid of the police when feasible, avoiding getting himself arrested, and saving the damsel in distress all in the days work for one Duncan Sloan. Oh, and getting paid a hefty fee is a plus for our hero.
The Orlando detective's latest case involves Minnesota multimillionaire Isaac Pike who wants a baby. Though a powerful person, Isaac is gay and his own disgusted father has stopped any adoption. Isaac has deposited sperm in a local clinic so that a surrogate mother can provide him with the infant he desperately wants. However, a clinic employee steals the sperm, inseminates Crystal Gail Johnson, and tries to blackmail Isaac. He hires Sloan to find the woman and bring her to Isaac, unaware of the power and nastiness of the opponents.
STREET LEVEL is an exciting shamus tale that is not for the faint of heart. The tale is filled with profanity and graphic violence. Those readers with strong stomachs will enjoy the fast paced, action packed noir that won the St. Martin's/PWA 1999 contest due in part to its anti-heroic, but memorable character.