Philadelphia Story

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Philadelphia Story

A Lance Carter Detective Novel, #1

If you've lost it, Detective Lance Carter is your man to find it. If you want to know if your spouse is cheating, he'll find out for you. Lance Carter is good at what he does. When an unknown female calls but says very little before hanging up, Carter knows she's in trouble. What he doesn't know is that his caller is about to get him involved deeper in trouble with the Asian Mafia than he ever could have dreamed. Meanwhile, a client has asked him to find her child and after looking into a lead, he discovers that his client and his unknown female caller may have some connections to each other.

Together with his partner Linc Diesel, Detective Lance Carter is going to have to travel to the darker side of Philadelphia if he is going to have a chance at helping his client and the unknown caller. What he finds in the process may be a possible link to his own past, but it could be more than he wants to know. If Carter's not careful it could spell the end of not only Carter Investigations, but also Carter himself.

Philadelphia Story is not my usual genre of reading material, and I was admittedly skeptical of what I was about to read. My fears were put to rest as soon as I had finished the first few pages. Philadelphia Story was almost like 1946's The Big Sleep was meeting up with a more modern version of Detective Phillip Marlow. It had a flow that, while at times was predictable, was incredibly smooth for the most part. Sarte does a great job of allowing his readers a glimpse of Philadelphia and its rich history, as well as spinning a tale that is fast paced and right in your face until the end. About the only con of the story is that the main character has a bit of a perverted streak in him, which might not settle well with some readers, but not so overpowering as to take away from the story.

I highly recommend Philadelphia Story to those interested in a good detective story, as well as those looking for something to stimulate the imagination. Whether you are new to the genre, or seasoned all the way back to the 1940's and 50's old school detective stories, this one is a must read.

Book Blurb for Philadelphia Story

When Detective Lance Carter sipped his cup of coffee, he never imagined where it would take him. With each sip of the blazingly hot brew, his past comes closer and closer pulling him back to one moment in time that he thought was over. With his partner, Linc Diesel, Carter's well-meaning conscience keeps digging holes that they can't fill. Who knew a ten year old little girl could bring the full force of Philadelphia's Asian Mafia down on top of Lance? Join Lance as he endures the pain of his lost love, good deeds gone wrong and his battle with the seedy underbelly of Philadelphia's streets in Philadelphia Story!

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.50