Thursday, August 30, 2012

Losers Live Longer

Losers Live Longer (Hard Case Crime #59)Losers Live Longer by Russell Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Legendary PI George "Owl" Rowell hires down on his luck detective Payton Sherwood for a job picking out the tail on his client. Before Sherwood learns the specifics, Owl is hit by car right outside his building. Sherwood investigates what happed to Owl, leading him into a web of intrigue involving a missing millionaire, his junkie girlfriend, a detectivev Sherwood used to work for, and a Ukranian femme fatale named Sayre Raur. Can Payton crack the case before the case cracks him?

I'm always skeptical of the Hard Case originals, as the reprints are often more my cup of tea. Losers Live Longer is a win for the new guys. The story is a twisted web involving a Ukranian child porn ring, a millionaire that's on the lam, and an iPod containing stolen files. The ending came out of nowhere and getting there was like navigating a country road through the hills during an ice storm. The writing is good, noir flavored with modern touches.

The front cover says that Losers Live Longer is a Payton Sherwood mystery. I guess my feelings on LLL is best summed up in the fact that I'll be looking for more of his cases.

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