Kill Now, Pay Later by Robert Terrall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Detective Ben Gates was charged with guarding wedding presents at a high society wedding. When someone drugs him and a robbery ends with two deaths, Ben goes to work clearing his name and searching for the truth, a quest that will lead him through a web of lies, blackmail, sex, and murder...
Terrall delivers the goods in this Hard Case tale. While it's a little heavy on dialogue and light on action, it's still a good read. I had no idea of the depth of the plot until about halfway through, just like Ben Gates. The writing isn't flowery but it gets the job done in noirish style. Terrall's descriptions of the women Gates met in the course of the investigation were well done.
The only thing I wasn't impressed with was Robert McGinnis's cover. Does he know how women are proportioned?
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