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Night Train - A dark and gritty suicide mystery,
This review is from: Night Train (Hardcover)
Wow, what a gem! I expected a routine detective read, but instead got a dark and gritty police story that was anything, but routine. Mike Hoolihan is a tough, chain smoking, no nonsense detective with a dark history of family issues and alcoholism. The style is very much in the Marlowe tradition except this detective is a beefy, street wise woman. Amis, who resides in London, writes this American police story from an outside perspective and the result is very effective.
Hoolihan is called on to investigate an apparent suicide by the father, who for obvious reasons, cannot accept the possibilty that his near perfect daughter did this. There are plenty of suspects that make this a classic whodonit, but it's the dark and realistic style that make this night train a ride worth taking.