"A mystery that is a delight to read"
When the call came in the middle of the night, Manhattan
private detective Rachel Alexander was already awake,
suffering from insomnia. The caller paints a mysterious
scenario that boils down to wanting to hire Rachel.
Intrigued, Rachel agrees to meet the three potential
clients at night in Abington Square.
Accompanied by her partner, Dash the dog, Rachel meets
three transsexual hookers, Jasmine, LaDonna, and Chi Chi as
well as the latter's daschund Clint. The threesome wants
Rachel to investigate the murder of a peer Rosalinda since
the police would not waste time on the underbelly of
society. Putting together tens and twenties, they give
Rachel $6,000. She begins her investigation by seeing a
link between Rosalind's death and the gangland style murder
of meat plant manager Kevin Mulrooney. As the prostitutes
worry that the killer is coming for them too, Rachel
realizes she may have to go undercover as bait to catch a
THE LONG GOOD DOG is an entertaining urban noir that
shows a different darker side of New York City. The story
line is crisp and the investigation enjoyable while Rachel
and Dash are strong characters. However, this edition of
the Alexander mysteries belongs to the three hookers who
paint a different type of cozy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001