Collision Bend. Finished 4-12-13, rating 4/5, 275 pages, pub. 1996
And the differences aren’t all physical differences, either. It’s in the thinking.
Men, for instance, have great powers of concentration, almost a tunnel vision, that allows them to laser in on one spot;they are imminently suited to microsurgery, to rebuilding the transmission of a 1956 Thunderbird, and to many types of engineering. Women, on the other hand, make wonderful executives because they are able to do several things at once, efficiently and well, and have remarkable peripheral awareness, something that is lacking in most males. A woman president would probably do a hell of a job-better than many of the men we’ve had in the White House.
Ex-cop and current Cleveland private detective, Milan Jacovich, is as old school as they come. He tells it like it is and doesn’t take any crap from people. Milan has an ex-wife and two teenage boys but they don’t make an appearance, but his ex-girlfriend Mary, does. When Mary blows back into Milan’s life it’s to ask for a favor, she wants him to prove her boyfriend innocent of murder, of murdering the other woman he was sleeping with. Milan only wanted to hurt the guy, but he could not resist Mary and he takes the case.
Virginia Carville, a young television reporter is murdered in her home and Milan starts there, with her neighbor, bestselling romance novelist, Rosemary Kelley. Milan shows his willingness to man up by reading one of her books, but then shows his prejudice by dismissing it. This is one instance I thought Milan was being a little too old school 🙂 Milan has to dig to find other suspects, but when he does the storylines are compelling. I wasn’t sure who did it, but they all deserved to get sent away for it.
I have expressed my love for Milan since discovering his first book years ago. The fact that they take place in Cleveland and it’s nice to see my city represented was the attraction, but it’s Milan that keeps me coming back for more. He has such a common sense intelligence and steadfast character that you can’t help but love him. The fact that he is tough enough to take care of himself and those he loves just makes me love him more.
This was not my favorite, BUT, I have never been disappointed in any of these mysteries and love recommending them. Great main character and complex storylines make this series great. Come on, get on the bandwagon 🙂 This was from my own library.