"A thriller with heart"
Life stinks if you ask former private detective
Mick "Brew" Axbrewder. The accidental killing of his
brother years ago will always haunt Brew, a recovering
alcoholic. Brew's former partner, his beloved Ginny
Fistoulari, has barely been civil to him since he killed
his sibling. He understands why Ginny loathes him, but all
Brew wants is another chance to redeem what is left of his
life even if Ginny is never at his side again.
While Ginny finds work with another sleuth, an
apprehensive Brew accepts a security job at martial arts
tournament. Surprising, at least to Brew, is how deep two
rival schools hate each other as both claim ownership of
antique Chinese print blocks containing martial arts
poses. When someone is killed, Brew believes the murder is
associated with the valuable blocks, but struggles to
uncover whom committed murder.
In the fourth "The Man Who" series, Stephen Donaldson
provides quite an anti-hero battling his own demons in a
seemingly futile attempt to salvage his scarred soul. The
who-done-it of THE MAN WHO FOUGHT ALONE engages the
audience though the culprit seems obvious relatively early
into the plot. Still, readers will relish this tale
because Brew's quest for redemption makes his efforts to
solve the murder quite appealing to readers in this terse
private investigator thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001