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Posted December 1, 2001
Raw and hardboiled.
If you like hardboiled mysteries tough as shoe leather, brutal as an eye gouge, and raw as a blustery winter's day, then Michael Bracken's 'All White Girls' is for you. In this grim, fast-paced novel, Bracken doesn't just lift the lid to allow you a quick peek at the dirty underbelly of a typical crime-ridden metropolis. Instead, he rips the top off, and shoves the soiled lives and sordid acts of its inhabitants in your face. 'All White Girls' concerns two parallel threads. One thread connects former police detective Richard 'Big Dick' Rickenbacher, now acting as a private investigator, who searches for a missing teenaged girl lost in the city. The other thread ties Rickenbacher's former partner, Lt. Salvador Castellano, to an unidentified young woman savagely butchered in a hotel room. Both men turn over rocks to reveal a colorful assortment of human vermin in their quest for answers. There are plenty of suspects to be grilled, blind alleys to be trod, and red herrings to be disposed of as the two men spiral closer to the truth. Once you get past the gore and sleaze, you're in for a pretty good mystery puzzle with an unexpected conclusion. Major characters are well drawn and fully realized. The setting--itself a character--is detailed with photographic clarity, and imbued with poignancy, like a Hopper painting. Bracken's prose, as always throughout a prolific crime writing career, is direct and vigorous, with the impact of a blunt object laid across your skull. He minces no words, pulls no punches, and conceals nothing. Yet within the stark description and matter-of- fact narration lurk traces of rough humor and glittering lines as sharp as a shard of a broken beer bottle thrust into the throat. Reading 'All White Girls' may leave you feeling in need of a cleansing bath--or perhaps a good fumigation. But the story and its imagery will stay with you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2001
A powerful book. ALL WHITE GIRLS tells a strong story with strong words and images. Some may call prostitution a victimless crime, but not in this book. If hardboiled noir is what you like, you absolutely don't want to miss this book. Read it, you won't be sorry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2001
One young woman missing. Another one dead.
Big Dick Rickenbacher¿s looking all over for Hubert Cove¿s daughter, who bought a bus ticket to Chicago and then disappeared. 'All White Girls' revolves around two young women who ran away from home: one found dead but unidentified, and the one Rickenbacher can¿t find. Enlisting Jesse, a past love, in the search for Katherine Cove, Rickenbacker re-ignites a fire neither one is sure shouldn¿t have stayed put out! Even in a city the size of Chicago, runaway kids have some things in common, but the connection between these two young women, and a third-- long dead-- sure took me by surprise!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.