Erica has decided to become very involved in things. I did have a laugh out loud when - taking it upon herself to acquire a key piece of physical evidence - she ended up having to spin out a yarn to a few people that involved her claiming to be in love with her father’s chauffeur. but she sure knows how to lie like a trooper on impulse, when it serves.
this has really turned out to be a dynamite read; I’m quite happy. I have to say, it was kind of reminding me of one of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels, probably from the early 1960s - a book like Like Love, or Ten Plus One, maybe even Lady, Lady, I Did It! it’s partly the Police Procedural thing, complete with Grant’s mistakes or errors in judgement reminding me of Steve Carella or Bert Kling, when they screw up. but also just generally the style, the tight rein on the plot so we’re not going to have a padded page count and yet there’s still the feel that the author is not rushing, stopping to have fun. I dunno - just a distant British relative to some Ed MacBain novels (where it’s also not a trad whodunit all the time). of course, that similarity went away a bit, as Erica, a civilian, has started snooping, and quite successfully. now it’s like Give The Boys A Great Big Hand with a sudden dose of Strong Poison!
BrokenTune’s big favourite is a great pick, and I also see why it’s on my “Winks’ Favourites” Reading List.