"A good read"
In Las Vegas, mob courier, African-American Martha
Chainey watches the heavyweight championship-boxing match
between Joaquin Muhammed and Tyler Jeffries. When Joaquin
throws a phantom jab reminiscent of Lewiston, the champ
goes down. The surprised referee starts the count only to
quickly realize that someone shot and murdered Tyler.
Riverhead Casino owner Victoria DeGault hires Chainey
to find the missing five million dollars in bets that she
was holding that was stolen while the champ was killed.
Chainey begins making inquiries on the Strip and soon finds
friend and under card winner Moya Reese dead too. Though
she stands to make $250,000 if she finds the missing cash,
the investigation is now personal.
The second Chainey tale (see COLD HAND) is a delightful
action-packed novel that goes the full fifteen rounds with
plenty excitement throughout the tale. The story line
moves faster than the speed of Leonard and the punch of
Foreman. Chainey is quite a character as she nukes laws
when she wants to accomplish something, especially if money
is involved. Along with Chainey and a strong secondary
cast, the who-done-it and why of SHOOTER'S POINT showcase
Gary Phillips (see the Monk novels) ability to tell a
knockout of a story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 12, 2001