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Dark heart in the Big Apple,
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This review is from: Songs of Innocence (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) (Mass Market Paperback)
This second outing for John Blake, following on from `Little Girl Lost', is the first Aleas book I've read. I was put off by the cover of the first - that girl's leg is way, way too long!
Blake teaches creative writing in New York, having retreated from PI work after getting a woman killed and another seriously wounded. Clearly, he's not particularly good. Unfortunately for him, one of his students takes his heart and bed and then her life. He - and her mother - are convinced it was murder. So he sets out to discover the truth.
In his search for answers, he delves into the sleaze and dirt of the sex industry, well manipulated by the Internet. There's a dark heart in the Big Apple - and probably most cities these days. Corruption, protection and drugs - the usual, but uncomfortably realised by Aleas.
His bitter and damaged investigator Blake is out of his depth and seems to carry death around like an evil aura. The ending is, as the publisher's blurb states, shocking in more ways than one.
Aleas has well captured the mood and tone of the lone investigator. I felt, however, that Blake himself would have excised a number of echo word repetitions; but for that I could not fault this dark brooding tale with no happy ending.