Cooks, Crooks and Colt

This Investigator Serves up Results (A Harmon Colt Thriller)

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
216 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2014
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Author Biography

Kem Roy Neal has worked many jobs, including working as a chef and private investigator. He was a security agent for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and a private chef for Rhode Island senator Claiborne Pell (the Pell College Grant). Kem holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and he has trained under a certified master chef. Kem lives in Los Angeles, California where he is at work on his next Harmon Colt thriller.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Cooks, Crooks and Colt: This Investigator Serves up Results (A Harmon Colt Thriller)is a private detective story written by Kem Roy Neal. Harmon Colt was an up-and-coming L.A. chef until his personal life fell apart. He's now a private eye who lives in an abandoned restaurant which he shares with Groovy, his old culinary arts professor and good friend. Colt's been retained by a restaurateur to find Zoe, his girlfriend, who's also an employee at his restaurant. Colt's search for the missing woman lands him in hot water with the Feds, a young man who's frantically looking for Zoe, and his ex-fiancee, Carla, who seems to have become mentally deranged and somewhat scary since they last met. Then there's the mob, who also have vested interests in finding Zoe.

Cooks, Crooks and Colt is a top-of-the-line, hard-boiled private investigator mystery. It's beautifully planned and plotted with a great premise, an engaging main character, and a first-rate supporting crew. We're talking the likes of Spenser for Hire mixed with Lovejoy, with a dash of pepper and salt added in and, oh yes, a hefty dose of Hammett. My mystery-loving nerves started thrumming as I began reading this book, and they didn't stop until I finished the last page. Neal's private eye is tough, resourceful and a force to contend with, both on the streets of L.A. and in the kitchen. He straddles these two very tough and frenetic professions with ease, humor and not a little bit of help from both his culinary and law enforcement friends and colleagues. This could be the start of an amazingly good new detective series -- I certainly hope so.