Somewhere in this novel is a detective story trying to break free. For me though, it was too well hidden. Charles Heist makes a living, I guess, from private detective work, but as he gives his services away for free here, I could be wrong. Phoebe Siegler asks Heist to find a friend of hers. With little further ado, Heist is on the case but was going to this particular part of LA anyway where the missing young lady, Arabella Swados, seems likely to be.
Phoebe comes across as opinionated, privileged and sex starved. I wanted to read a detective novel, not a bonk buster.
And there is Heist. Quiet, enigmatic and a champion for the oppressed. Other than an abundance of facial hair, that is your lot. Dull.
The search for Arabella takes Heist and Phoebe to an area known as The Wash. Two opposing groups, the rabbits and the bears, played a role in Heist’s upbringing and are a significant part of the plot.
An unlikely resolution coupled with a leading character working through her sexual frustrations.
Not the book I was hoping for.
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