Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: The Bloody Birthright by Ken Dalton

J. Pincus Delmont is the most successful, and ethically challenged attorney north of Las Vegas, and he's Richard Page's only hope to escape execution by lethal injection. Pinky quickly determines his client's tale of betrayal and murder leads to Southern California and demands investigative help from Bear Zarbarte who owes him a sizeable chunk of money. The Bear is as big as a tree, street wise, sort of trustworthy, and not averse to cracking the occasional head when the need arises. A grumbling Bear drives south where he discovers, and falls for Flo Sonderlund-a woman with a body to kill for, and a mouth as caustic as a bucket of lye. By hook and by crook, Pinky, the Bear, and Flo pry a solution to the murder from a string of chumps and patsies that stretches from the fertile hills of Tuscany, Italy to eastern wasteland of Nevada, the home of the Loneliest Road In America.

Received from the author for review.

This rather densely packed text was a bit heavy on the descriptions but had deliciously sleazy characters that you just loved to dislike.  The plot was interesting with a nice flow and pace.

This one gets three stars.  It was well written, if a tad bit long.  This fun romp with a slimy lawyer and the interesting mix of characters produced many amusing situations.  This was a solid start to the series and I'll certainly look forward to future installments.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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