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    Review of TROGLODYTES by Ed Lynskey


    Mundania, 2010

    In trouble with the IRS, Frank Johnson takes a missing person case that sends him to Ankara, Turkey. There, in a low-budget hotel, he looks into the life of the missing American. From the bright red bra Johnson finds in the missing man, Sylvester Mercedes's, room, Johnson doubts the wife is really worried enough to send him all the way from Virginia. But what could have happened? Although everyone seems willing to believe Sylvester simply decided to take a walk, Johnson doesn't believe it. Still, his list of possible suspects is unconvincing and, without a body, the Turkish police have other things on their mind--especially when a beautiful dead body shows up at the hotel where Johnson is staying.

    The longer he spends on the case, the less Johnson likes it. Still, the IRS is waiting for him back home, so he continues digging. Sylvester had an argument with the beer salesman. There's no love lost between him and the hotel manager. The local US embassy is keeping their mouth shut about whether Sylvester might have been involved in spying. Then there's the hotel manager's sexy wife...and big pistol.

    Author Ed Lynskey (see more reviews of hard-boiled mysteries by Lynskey) gives us a classic hardboiled detective in the ever-troubled but somehow noble Frank Johnson. Johnson uses his fists as much as his brain, rubs just about everyone the wrong way, has little luck with women, but keeps doggedly after the truth even when it would be easier for him to give up and go away. Lynskey's writing is classic hard-boiled as well, with gloomy descriptions, an unfriendly world, and populated with characters who simply can't be trusted. Fans of hard-boiled mysteries will definitely want to grab TROGLODYTES.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 3/10/10

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