THE LITTLE DEATH
Private investigator Louis Kincaid is a likable, original character with a no-nonsense yet compassionate personality. The wealthy Palm Beach setting is entertaining, and Louis' discomfort with it adds to the tension. The mystery is well developed, but at times the pace is a bit slow. After the opening scene, it's
a long haul before additional information surfaces.
When a headless body is discovered on a ranch outside of Palm Beach, Louis and his friend Mel get a call from an old acquaintance of Mel's who is about to be charged with homicide. The police are looking at the murder as a crime of passion, so it's up to Louis and Mel to find the truth behind a killing that runs a whole lot deeper than it first appears. (POCKET, Feb., 432 pp., $7.99)