Tucson-based gumshoe and former INS agent ROSCOE BRINKER is a star in the making, an appealling detective who shows surprising depths at times, even as he resolves his cases along the Mexico/Arizona border in typical true tough-guy fashion.
That emotional and psychological complexity, plus a nice sense of paranoia (Roscoe was shot while working as a border guard, possibly due to "friendly fire"), some strong secondary characters and the finely rendered settings go a long way to making what should come off as pretty standard private eye routine surprisingly fresh and original.
The author, a former attorney, journalism professor and former news anchor, seems to have come up with a winner here. In fact, each of the first two novels nabbed Shamus nominations for their author.
Not too shabby. not too shabby at all...
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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