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McCall, who held a PI license only because she helped her father, Jimmy, at times with his PI business, found herself in possession of that business after her father’s bizarre murder. Feeling the need to avenge Jimmy and angry at his assassin, she is using her acting abilities and her PI business to find Jimmy’s killer. Her decidedly odd group of friends and neighbors from her building and her theater company help her in their escape to humdrum existence, make a few bucks , and occasionally, out of true concern for Kate’s well-being.
Now, she is facing her second case as a private investigator; one that will totally tax her skills of observation, manipulation and her ability to think logically…how can she tell two perfectly identical twins apart when both are free spirits and have unlimited resources at their disposal? What happens when one twin wants the other dead, McCall has no idea which twin hired her, and the twins both play reversible rolls to the hilt? The twin’s father is ninety-two, ill and subject to die leaving a 10 billion dollar estate divided between the twins and both of them are determined the other will have none of it.
Into this mix, throw a business executive murdered in same manner as Jimmy leading McCall in a second direction chasing the killer. Complicate the murder with a pugnacious business partner everyone loves to hate as the prime murder conspiracy suspect, a second business partner whom no one suspects but who has a foreign agenda of his own, a pissed off Manhattan Assistant District Attorney who happens to be McCall’s son, a pissed off NYPD detective who wants to solve cases and keep McCall alive at the same time, and a crooked Weehawken, NJ, homicide detective and all hell breaks loose in the Bronx.
Swollen Identity is a rousing romp and entertaining read for mystery action readers of any age. McCall is a complex character and in Swollen Identity she may be show to be much more complicated that originally suspected…or at least even more confused. Fu, her friend and ex-Chinese mob assassin, acquires new parrot, Jerusalem Joe; Jerusalem Joe is McCall’s payment to him for saving her life five times. Fu, however, still speaks in three to five word sentences. The reader is introduced to Warren’s ten-year old Toyota Corollas each of which Warren has lovingly named, and to Al as the ruthless manager of his illegal car rental company. They are just one more cog in the gear of oddball personalities that make up McCall’s associates and ensure that she survives her PI business.
In all, a fun and challenging (for McCall) plot neatly tied up in dry humor and presented through unlikely scenarios guaranteed to make it a fun read
Kate McCall was called to be one thing in life and that was to be an actor! That was a dream that although realized did not pay very well for an off, off, off Broadway actor. After inheriting her father’s private investigation business, Kate has grudgingly decided that she can be an actor and a private investigator too, at least until her career takes off. Despite not being fully committed to the idea of being a private investigator, her late father’s attorney keeps sending cases her way and being a private investigator is better than her last job of a dog walker.
When a case of identity fraud comes her way, Kate decides that she is going to commit to the idea and be a private investigator. She accepts the case but little did she know that she was being swept up into a high stakes game of life and death pitted between two twins who were out to kill one another for not just millions but billions of dollars. Not only does Kate have to solve the mystery, of which twin is which, but she also has to stay alive in the process. Not only that but one of the twins keeps kissing her and Kate begins to question where her love life has gone and fields allegations that she kisses like a man.
In addition to a full-time case, an acting career, and wanting to please her son who is insisting that she give up her fledgling career as a private investigator, Kate was haunted by the idea that her father’s killer got away. She had vowed to catch the killer no matter what it took and when she learned of a killing that was committed that had all the markings of being the same person that murdered her own father, she pulls out all the stops to hunt him down. Kate was determined that he was not going to escape her and that he would be brought to justice for the murder of her father. Although this was easier said than done as Kate and the assassin enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
With the help of her unusual neighbors and her acting troupe, Kate will get in and out of crazy situations while she is both solving the case of identity fraud as well as following the clues to find the killer of her father. I am talking hilariously crazy situations that will have you laughing out loud as you read what Kate manages to land herself in. I also love the supporting characters in this series because they each fill the perfect role that helps to carry this story along at its fast pace! I was definitely entertained by Swollen Identity and I am looking forward to the next book in this story and wondering if and when Kate will catch her father’s killer.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Laugh Riot Press. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.