Thursday, September 03, 2015

Spanish Luck -- Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner returns to crime fiction after too long an absence with a dandy new historical. 

The setting is New Orleans in 1944, and things get off to a fast start with a murder that's investigated by Des Cortes. Meanwhile, a lowlife named Al Martin gets out of prison and immediately picks up his son and takes him with him to introduce him to a life of crime. 

Des' brother, Sal, is hired by the boy's mother to find him. Al is part of a gang put together by Fade Taber, whose plan is to rob one of the local banks. Skinner weaves these plot threads (and several more) together skilfully to put together a novel that's a mystery and a caper rolled into one.  Highly recommended.

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