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THE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DETECTIVE CROSSES THE LINE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Private Investigator
The previous books in Yancey’s series have a reputation for being quirky comic crime novels that entertain the reader, but these qualities don’t apply to this one. With no suspense and little action, the plot languishes for much of the book, and attempts at humor miss the mark. When at last there is a scene that moves the plot forward, its unnecessary brutality is offensive. Those who have read the previous books in the series might be interested in reading this one, but there is no reason to recommend it to other readers. Some will regret going along for the ride and may agree with this reviewer that it’s not Ruzak but author Yancey who crosses the line.
Quinton Stiles, Isabella’s ex-boyfriend, is out of prison after serving three years for beating her up. Fearing for her safety, Isabella’s father hires private investigator Teddy Ruzak to safeguard her. No one knows where Stiles is, but Isabella might know more than she’s saying. Ruzak starts asking questions, digging for information, and his actions have devastating repercussions. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 240 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Jo Peters
Published: February 2011