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Library Journal Review
P.I. Lincoln Perry is back-and this time it's personal. Perry hears that Ed Gradduk, his estranged childhood friend, is accused of murdering a lawyer and then burning the house down around her and has subsequently become the object of a manhunt through their old neighborhood. Perry feels compelled to help his old friend, who proclaims his innocence. But the chase ends with Gradduk dead under the wheels of a cop car, eliminating any hope of reconciliation and opening up a lot of questions for Perry, who witnesses the accident. Perry isn't sure that Gradduk is guilty and sets out to find the truth, but first he has to deal with some old baggage and call in a lot of favors. While it is interesting to read about childhood friends who have grown in different directions and yet find their lives still intertwined is interesting, the pacing is uneven, the characters fall flat, and the plot just strains credibility. A disappointing second effort from Koryta, the gifted young writer of Tonight I Say Goodbye. Recommended for larger fiction collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 10/1/05.]-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Stabenow's latest Kate Shugak novel finds the intrepid Alaskan PI facing a personal tragedy and its unexpected repercussions. Old Sam, Kate's uncle and surrogate father, has died, leaving her heir to and executor of his estate. Kate has no way of knowing that Old Sam's actions will pull her into a life-threatening mystery whose roots hark back to Alaska in the early 20th century and continue to the present day. Marguerite Gavin gives an excellent reading of Stabenow's prose: she keeps the story moving at an energetic clip, which works especially well with the action sequences. With a nice sense of timing, she brings out the laugh-out-loud humor laced through the book, most notably in the scenes between Kate and her "Aunties," and manages to balance the book's extensive cast of characters, shifting points of view, time frames, and passages of Alaskan history with a bright, engaging performance that keeps the listener tuned in from the introduction to the final chapter. A Minotaur hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Cleveland private investigator and former police officer Lincoln Perry has always been passionate about his work. But professional devotion becomes obsession when his childhood friend, Ed Gradduk, is accused of killing the director of a local urban renewal project, then setting fire to the house where her body was found. Perry, who is still plagued by guilt for once arresting Gradduk on a drug charge, is determined to get to the truth. But the suspect is murdered before Perry can gather clue one. With the help of his partner, retired cop Joe Pritchard, Perry combs his old neighborhood for answers and encounters a host of nefarious characters. Inspired by Hammett and Chandler, the 22-year-old Koryta ( Tonight I Said Goodbye, 2004) displays the maturity of a writer with several novels under his belt, and his plot percolates with crisp dialogue that might impress Chandler himself. --Allison Block Copyright 2006 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
You can't go home again. Or can you? Cleveland's Clark Avenue--where private eye Lincoln Perry, ex-con Ed Gradduk and Scott Draper, owner of his family's bar, The Hideaway, grew up as best pals--is under fire. The torch, caught on surveillance tape, is Ed, who presumably killed Anita Sentalar, head of the National Alliance rebuilding project, before he burned down a house under construction. Lincoln, refusing to believe it, tracks down Ed after eight years. They barely speak before the suspect is run over, maybe accidentally, by Padgett and Rabold, the cops chasing him. Against the better judgment of his shamus partner Joe Pritchard (Tonight I Said Goodbye, 2004), Lincoln delves into Ed's immediate past, which has also attracted the interest of local cop Cal Richards and the Feds. Central to their investigations are area gangster Jimmy Cancerno and missing day-laborer Mitch Corbett, who worked with Ed on Cancerno's buildings. Before he's found with the help of Lincoln's reporter pal Amy and Pritchard's cop contacts, there'll be more Clark Street conflagrations, more death and two new versions of a 20-year-old story of terror and intimidation. It'll take Lincoln's heroics to save both Draper and Pritchard before the neighborhood quiets down and Lincoln can come to terms with his own past. Nicely told, with the requisite genre beatings and gunplay reserved for the end and the equally requisite angst, this time over past misdeeds, front and center. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.