P. J. LAWTON
111 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701
Rating 3 Cups
Winston Simon is a private investigator. Severely injured in the Gulf War, Simon was unable to return to his previous position as a homicide detective. Not wanting to waste his knowledge and experience, he bought Discreet Investigations Detective Agency.
After the murder of his fiancée, Lana, Simon has been in a drink-induced blur for weeks. Unable and unwilling to work, he begins to realize that to keep his promise to her, he must get back into the action. And that is exactly what he does. Not knowing where or how to start in his ambition to take down the Galendez Cartel, Simon takes whatever jobs are offered to him, moving from one violent bullet-riddled case to the next.
Simon's character appears to be slow and methodical, but when necessary he can fight with strength and accuracy. Each chapter is a different case and therefore the book reads like a lot of short stories. Each seems more violent and unrealistic than the last. Simon makes killing some of America’s worst criminals seem as simple as walking a dog in the park. I also found his technical descriptions of various weapons or situations difficult to follow. Although this was an enjoyable book, there is no mystery as I would normally expect if I picked up a detective book. I would like to say that I am happy that Simon has found a woman he can love and hope they can survive through Mr. Lawton's third book in this Simon Says trilogy.
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