This is well plotted investigatory type story set in Atlanta and starring a young Chinese American private eye, Keye Street. Keye is battling her personal demons in the form of a controlled addiction to drink, which is hardly an original idea but the author does manage to convey her daily battle against the bottle rather well. Keye herself is an interesting and well drawn character who is clearly set to appear in a series of books since this is her second.
There are references here and there to the earlier book, but I personally had not read it and did not find that this impeded my enjoyment of this story. Hence I confirm that there is no problem in reading this on a standalone basis. This time round Keye and her detective boyfriend, Rauser, are involved in researching several apparently unconnected killings, male and female, young and old etc. but eventually come to realise that there might possibly be an unlikely link between the cases. Meanwhile, Keye's cousin, Miki, has seemingly been the target of someone, possibly an ex boyfriend, who wishes her harm. As a side show, Keye has also been asked to investigate the strange case of a cremation company which has delivered an urn of cement powder rather than the ashes of a loved one which a bereaved family were expecting.
This is a well put together story, which despite being quite complex is very clearly narrated. The writing is good, snappy with plenty of interesting detail which keeps the reader engaged. A very competent tale and I will certainly be happy to read more about Keye Street should her next book come my way.