"Engaging story line"
Jake Diamond owns Diamond Investigations, a San
Francisco based private investigative firm. In fact, Jake
works as the company's only investigator with an office
assistant keeping the case records (as few as they are) and
his tie clean. Based on the recommendation of a friend who
once hired Jake, Evelyn Harding wants to retain the sleuth
to look for her missing husband Harry, vanished for four
Not interested beyond making a quick buck, his interest
soon peaks when he learns that Harry was a partner of Jimmy
Pigeon, Jake's mentor and teacher in the private
investigative business. Jake learns that LAPD believes
Harry killed Jimmy with the motive being an argument over
whether to sell their million dollar net-based business.
Because of the identity of the victim, Jake drives to L.A.
allegedly to find Harry, but in reality to insure Jimmy's
killer receives justice.
With this debut novel, J.L. Abramo became the winner of
the St. Martin's Press PWA Award for Best First Private Eye
Novel. Sub-genre fans, who read CATCHING WATER IN A NET,
will agree with that assessment as the engaging story line
is amusing yet somewhat coarse mostly due to the antics of
the lead protagonist. Jake is a wonderful lead character
who the audience will find enticing and demand more of his
adventures. Using the homicide of his revered guru as the
impetus for Jake's involvement cleverly allows readers to
learn more about the hero while the plot flows forward.
This novel lives up to the award it already won.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001