A former art fraud investigator for the DA, ousted for possession of pot (Hey! It's 1968!), ALEX NOVALIS decides to go private, in art historian Christopher Finch's promising mystery debut Good Girl, Bad Girl (2013), which has the young sleuth working a wandering daughter job.
The novel makes fine use of the author's knowledge of the city's late sixties art scene. An added bonus is its refreshing and nuanced take on the era -- it's not quite as groovy as current pop culture suggests, and may prove a real eye-opener for younger readers -- and for people who get their history from such dubious sources as the History Channel.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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