Image of The Pawnbroker (A Charlie Henry Mystery)


Image of The Pawnbroker (A Charlie Henry Mystery)

This whodunit is stingy with its clues, heavily laced with action and rife with deceit. It’s difficult to sort out the good guys from the bad, which heightens the suspense. Charlie has some issues that are remnants from Iraq, but his skills are important and he soldiers through.

When retired Army friends Charlie and Gordon decide to buy the Three Balls pawnshop, they don’t realize they’re stepping into a murderous scheme fostered by gang rivalries. The former owner of the shop, Howard Baza, is gunned down while exchanging information with Charlie’s friend, Gina, who is wounded in the shooting. Charlie loses the perpetrator in a wild chase and returns with few leads. What information they do have points to Baza and his shady business practices. As Charlie and Gordon attempt to organize their business, they uncover missing pieces that throw them into the path of the killer. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 304 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown