Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I just finished Katy King’s City of Suspects (Oak Tree Press, 2003 in case you’re wondering). It’s a fun read with a juicily jumbled plot and a delightful detective, Jane Lanier, who’s half hard-boiled gumshoe and half hometown girl. There’s romance, suspense, danger, and a good bit of humor. Several reviewers compared Lanier to V. I. Warshawski, high praise indeed considering that Sara Paretsky is a good writer and an international best-selling author. But her Warshawski can be grating. Lanier, on the other hand, while just as tough and principled, is much more simpatica. She’s someone you’d like to know, and the Portland King describes is somewhere you’d like to live.