Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Pain Scale, by Tyler Dilts
This book is irresistible if you know Long Beach and have driven down, eaten at, or can otherwise recognize the places Dilts mentions. And even it you don't, it's pretty good. Though suffering with chronic pain, Long Beach detective Danny Becket is back on the job after an altercation with a bad guy nearly severs his hand from his wrist. He and his black-belt partner, Jennifer Tanaka, are investigating the brutal killing of a congressman's son's wife and young children, and the case keeps getting more and more complicated. At one point, he actually diagrams the relationship among the various motives and players. "Russians, politicians, Ukrainians, special ops, Jolly Green Giants. Come on, you think anyone could follow this?"