For years readers have read about the various exploits of private investigators in Boston or Los Angeles. Dallas, has a couple of private investigators that not only get the job done they feature very different styles. Both are very rewarding from a reading pleasure standpoint. The fictional Lee Henry Oswald written by Harry Hunsicker provides a cynical look at the city in a hardboiled read. Almost polar opposite in style and tone is the fictional Arthur Conan Edwards, “Ace” to his friends penned by Randy Rawls. As good private investigators, both continue the long standing legacy of helping beautiful women in distress. Especially if she is a redhead because Ace really likes redheads. Summoned by his good friend Clint Ravel, lead detective on a homicide case, Ace leaves his two cats, Sweeper and Striker, home alone to tear up the place while he drives over to meet his latest potential client, Jasmine Loverly.

 

Ace is divorced, drives a convertible Chrysler Sebring, has a good friend and neighbor, Mr. Harbinger (who keeps an eye out for him), knows a very good lawyer by the name of Candi Maladay, and the fore mentioned two cats and his weakness for redheads.  Jasmine Loverly is definitely a redhead and definitely beautiful.  She is also definitely a suspect in the murder of Doug Isendorf, III.  He died from a kitchen knife being shoved deep into his chest and the beautiful Jasmine, who cries almost continuously, has his blood on her hands. His father is convinced she did it and wants her buried under the jail. When she isn’t crying, she’s gorgeous and before long, Ace is trying to clear her name while following a trail that leads from Dallas/ Ft. Worth to East Texas and back again.

 

Released through Hilliard and Harris, this recent novel in the series was a first for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Having met and talked with Randy Rawls at the 2007 HHCC convention in Dallas, I found his book to read just like Randy talks.  It’s a cozy style novel told from Ace’s viewpoint with a cast of solid recurring characters and an intriguing mystery.  Much like Randy, the work carries a quiet confidence that everything will turn out in the end.  The result is a comfortable page turning read where the bad guys get theirs in the end, Ace has his girl and his cats, and all is right with the world.  Pop a Killian, Ace’s drink of choice, and sit back and enjoy.

 

Jasmine’s Fate

By Randy Rawls

Hilliard and Harris

2007

Large Trade Paperback

ISBN #1-59133-215-X

223 Pages

 Book provided directly by the author in exchange for my objective review.  

Kevin R. Tipple © 2008

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