Lucky Bones

Severn House. (Sam Kelson, Bk. 2). Aug. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780727889829. $28.99. M
PI Sam Kelson suffers from disinhibition. The former Chicago cop was shot in the head in the line of duty, and now, when asked, he can’t lie or keep quiet. He tells Genevieve Bower that he doesn’t want her case, but she still hires him to find her 100 pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes that her boyfriend stole. Sam knows there’s more to the story than a collection of fake shoes and a missing DJ. After he’s arrested, he turns to his unusual friends for help: Marty Le Couer, an accountant; and DeMarcus Rodman, a friend from police academy days. But Marty’s interests are elsewhere. He gave a dirty job to his nephew Nate, who can hack anything. Nate is using a computer at a public library to transfer money illegally for G&G Private Equity, when there’s an explosion and seven people are critically injured or killed. Sam’s small team doesn’t believe that Nate was behind the explosion, but once they learn Marty dated Genevieve, the threads to both cases link back to Marty.
VERDICT This darkly humorous PI novel offers nonstop, violent action, and is perfect for readers who enjoy Donald Westlake’s quirky “Dortmunder” characters.

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