"A great historical mystery"
In 1955 Los Angeles, Leora Hartman hires Fearless Jones to
find Kit Mitchell, the father of her son, who simply
vanished. Though the case seems quite simple, finding
someone who appears to have just moved on, Fearless quickly
concludes he needs some intellectual help and who better
than a book lover would suffice? So he enlists his friend,
book seller Paris Minton to help him.
However, the easy queries that his mousy friend makes soon
prove perilous as everyone including the client lie and are
willing to use, even perhaps kill, Fearless and Paris.
Others have vanished too with the sleuthing duo learning
they, including Kit, are probably all dead. The dynamic
pair (at least one dynamo and one passive) soon find
themselves as part of the focus of a war between local
VIPs, a cosmetics queen and a developer, which also makes
Fearless and Paris important to LAPD.
Have no fear, FEAR ITSELF is a great historical mystery
that not only brings to life pre- Dodger LA, but does so
inside an exciting who-done-it. Though perhaps the novel
has too much subterfuge (and consequently subplots), the
keys to this terrific tale are the lead detectives.
Fearless lives up to his name, as he is somewhat like many
of the genre's hard boiled types. However, Paris brings
freshness by not being a superhero preparing to break steel
with his teeth. Instead he is an intelligent individual so
frightened with the threats to his well being and from what
he has learned about the affluent, fans including those in
Brooklyn, will feel at home with him even if the Padres are
winning the subway series a continent away.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 3, 2003