Sipping his second cup of coffee of the day, Duncan Sloan picks up the phone. It’s not the kind of call that anyone wants to receive. On the other end of the line is county cop Mose Booker letting Sloan know that a phone with his number on it was found tucked into the seat of an abandoned car.
"Truluck writes in a language you’ve never heard before, yet you understand every word. And it’s not just the unique voice that ensnares you, it’s characters that jump off the page and a story arc that turns you every which way but loose. Flat White is a flat-out must read, but don’t say you weren’t given fair warning. If you start this trip, you’re at Truluck’s mercy until he lets you go at the other end–and Truluck has no mercy!" -Lono Waiwaiole
4.0 of 5 stars –
I love mysteries, especially with a hard-boiled PI; and for those who don't mind tales of the criminal underside, this was a good dark one about an antihero fighting for his childhood friend and some justice.
When I read this, it was quite a jolt. I went straight from the British proper DCI Banks to this pop-noir - both equally good yet quite a change in style that I really enjoyed. Bob Truluck's style was gritty, cynically humorous as well as realistic, and had such a unique street way of describing things. While it's set in Florida, the locale didn't enter in as much as it being set in a criminal underworld. The plot was fairly tight and had good pace. The mystery itself was pretty straightforward; and even though it was fairly predictable, it was the action and descriptions around it that kept me interested.
There were quite a set of characters, all shady in their own ways. So it wasn't as much a good vs. evil, but a more evil vs. totally evil. And that included the MC, PI Sloan. He's a tough, bad guy I wanted to like, but right when his questionable violence and morals got a bit much and I was on the verge of signing him off, Truluck threw in a sentimental scene that showed his softer, good side … not fair. Yet, even with Sloan's loyalty and caring for the innocent, I still leaned a bit toward thinking the violence and morals was a bit over the top.