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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite
Indian Summer: A Tale of Lust, Murder and Class Division (Earl Town Book 1) by C. James Brown is a gritty crime novel. Earl Town, small town ex-cop turned private investigator, works out of his apartment in South Boston. His workload includes rather mundane tasks such as insurance fraud and chasing cheating spouses. That is until Joanna Hill walks into his office, asking him to look for a missing person. James 'Mac' MacArthur was running the retirement division of a firm called Wayne Trust but has mysteriously vanished. He was dealing with a billion-dollar merger between Wayne Trust and a Swiss bank. Does this high-end merger have anything to do with his disappearance? Money, glamorous women, the FBI, violent thugs and a boatload of intrigue all wash up in a very challenging case for intrepid gumshoe Earl Town.
Brown writes a solid detective novel in an entertaining hardboiled style of writing. I love the way Earl Town, who had never been afraid of anything, doggedly pursues the missing person with the help of Ed, his geeky nephew. He's a likable tough guy with an eye for a beautiful woman who works on just the right side of the law. The punchy descriptions which set each scene were a delight and added to my enjoyment of the complex storyline. Indian Summer is very well written, full of witty dialogue that kept me reading late into the night. Readers who like Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe will enjoy this series. It is a great first novel and I highly recommend it.