Review: When The Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €15.20) Paperback
Former prizefighter turned private detective Leonid McGill is finding it hard to make ends meet and is enjoying, if that is the word, a chaotic personal life.
His wife is cheating on him again, his favourite stepson is in danger of being arrested for fraud, his girlfriend, Aura, is asking some tricky questions and his best friend is dying of cancer in his house.
When a beautiful young woman, who says she's the uber-wealthy artist Chrystal Tyler, knocks on his door and asks him to find out if her husband murdered his two previous wives he sees opportunity but also smells trouble.
When his client, who may or may not be who she says she is, is found dead, Leonid's troubles are only at the beginning. A local New York crime boss wants him to find somebody and won't take no for an answer and the cops want him in jail.
Mosley, creator of the Easy Rawlins series of thrillers, brings the dark side of New York to vivid and violent life with his hip new African-American hero McGill in his third outing. Classy entertainment.