Friday, March 21, 2008

The Black Dove -- Steve Hockensmith

I've enjoyed the two earlier books in this series (see here and here) about Big Red and Old Red, the Amlingmeyer brothers, as well as the occasional story about them in EQMM (in fact, the latest story in the magazine shares the San Francisco setting of this novel and is briefly alluded to in Big Red's narration). This time the boys find themselves in Chinatown, with Gustav (Old Red) still applying the methods of Sherlock Holmes, this time to a supposed suicide that's actually a murder. (Some of the characters, including the murder victim, appeared in the previous book in the series, but you don't have to have read that one to enjoy this one. Trust me.)

Before long, the Reds are up to their necks in trouble as they try to find the elusive Black Dove while being pursued by various hatchet men, the cops, vengeful madams, crime bosses, and such. Both Reds are a bit distracted by the presence of the lovely Diana Corvus, who's sure to return in future books, and we find out a bit more about the background of Old Red, who's been harboring a secret for a long time. Check it out.

6 comments:

Steve Hockensmith said...

Thanks for the thumbs up, Bill! I'm three-quarters of the way through OF ALL SAD WORDS -- my first Dan Rhodes mystery, it shames me to say -- and I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

Let the mutual admiration commence!

-Steve

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I second the recommendations from both Bill and Steve. What a suckup I am. What can I say? I like their books a lot.

Bill Crider said...

Yeah, well, I didn't mention that your name is in the acknowledgments and that "Captain Crider" leads the Salvation Army band.

Steve Hockensmith said...

Just wait till you see my next book, which features "Major Cogdill," "Dr. Ephron," "Friar Weinman," "Prof. Montgomery" and, just so there's no confusion, the heroic and beautiful "Janet Maslin."

Let's hope it works....

-Steve

Bill Crider said...

It's worth a try.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

If ever someone did nothing to get an acknowledgment, I'm your man. It was more than generous of Steve to put it in, though.