I just discovered Alan Russell. Wow! This was about as good as it gets when it comes to entertainment. The action takes place in a hotel in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. It's the murder of a fellow investigating near-death experiences. I live in Chula Vista, just south of San Diego. I recognized so many of the places, and so many of the attitudes! What I just loved about this book was its ability to keep going off on often-hilarious tangents, and keeping us guessing until the very end. And darn it, a plot-twist that promises a solution to the murder -- well, I won't say any more about that.
I read a lot. This is without question the most entertaining read in many, many months. I was so let down when it ended. Well, off to find more books by Russell. And who knows? As a fellow San Diegan, we may even meet up one day! I can only hope.