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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone is the story of Smith, a private eye who might not be any better than the people he is trying to investigate for his clients, but he has a conscience at least. There is darkness inside him that he is trying to repress and contain by doing dirty deeds for some people, but knowing what he is, well, this is not going to stop him. On a new case he discovers that the man he is following and the case itself is not his usual case. There is something off about this one, something doesn’t sit right with Smith and, Smith being Smith, he cannot let it go. Soon after he digs a little deeper, he realizes that nothing is as it seems and there might not be much he can do to stop the chaos before it envelops everything.
After reading Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone, I’m pretty sure that Mr. Brian Paone is a magician. I don’t understand nor can I fathom how he weaves pictures with his words and makes them appear real, but somehow he does. I have never read a novel whose characters I simply loathed and still wanted more from them. Don’t get me wrong, these characters are absolutely brilliant. They were twisted; sometimes sick, sometimes nice and sometimes evil people, but they were absolutely brilliant. I wouldn’t want Paone to change even a single thing about them because these characters just breathe life into this story.
If someone had told me this novel would have paranormal elements as well as noir fiction elements, I would not have picked this book up. I am so glad I did, because otherwise I would have missed out on so much. The characterization and the imagery were so brilliantly done that I had a hard time getting the scene created out of my mind. This is a simply fantastic novel that I did not want to end. I wanted it to go on and on. I loved it.