This New York City P.I, CHICO SANTANA, has a mouth on him.
In his novel-length debut, the Puero rican/American gumshoe, recently booted out by his wife, Ramona, takes on a (everybody now) wandering daughter job, only to discover that there's more going on than he first suspected. Seems his client, hot-shot B-movie actor-producer Kirk Atlas, is sleaze incarnate.
But the real star here is Roman's writing -- it's hip, irreverent, and passionate, and well suited to bringing Chico alive, making him, as Booklist put it, "a hip-hop/salsa knight-errant, descendant of Philip Marlowe.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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