Having recently finished a pretty long novel by another author, July 23, 2015
This review is from: Dirty Sixth Street, Austin (Adan’s Thriller Mystery Suspense Books) (Kindle Edition)
I read this while holidaying in Tenerife and taking some much needed rest. Having recently finished a pretty long novel by another author, I fancied something evocative, something to change the scenes in my mind and take me someplace else – this short story did that effortlessly. Not having read a crime drama before, I went into this tale with an open mind to find myself pleasantly surprised by the portrayal of our lead character, Sam (Samantha), who finds herself on a ‘working holiday’ awaiting an interview for a position within her chosen profession. Sam is a police officer, dealing with the fallout of crime affecting children, who finds herself unable to resist the temptation to solve a case involving a series of brutal street robberies while clearly amazed at the difference in cultural styles in Austin as opposed to her home state of Vermont. The reader gets a real sense of the child characters and the close-knit bonds they have – a necessity it seems for survival. Buzz, Cherise, Simone, and the others are sort of a band of brothers and sisters who look out for eachother and yet form an alliance with Sam for the greater good.
One of the things I loved about this short story was the author’s effortless ability to portray the scenery and feeling of the surroundings to the reader. The mental imagery of the carnival atmosphere and surrounding scenery is such that images are vivid and clear, an atmosphere of joy masks the darker, more sinister underworld activities of organised crime set in a place, to the unknowing, of equal amounts of celebration and deviance.
A nice touch was the added brother/sister communications embedded within the tale, reinforcing that sense of underlying bonds throughout the story – even between the adult elements. In closing, this is a beautifully written piece, brilliantly constructed and I find myself wanting to know more about Samantha and exactly what she does. I’ll be picking up the next in the series from Adan – of that, I have no doubt.
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