Abbott makes this distaff version of a dodgy criminal taking and corrupting a clever youth look effortless. A hardboiled style that is pretty much as good as it gets.
Not so effortless for the protagonist as she becomes embroiled in the schemes of the wrong bloke.
Also refreshing to see a very short novel, too, no padding necessary.
That is two out of two novels very good so far. Can't imagine the one I haven't read is any less polished.
4 out of 5
Writing just ahead of the players
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