Mark Cremeni, a journalist, is in Detroit to do a story for Rolling Stone about the Motor City. His planned profile on the city and its mayor takes a sharp turn when he meets Camie, a 14-year-old prostitute running away from one of the city’s biggest brothels, and Gabriella, an ex-cop who is now an attorney for the city who has concerns about a major development project that might have some shady undertones.
The two women’s lives cross at the intersection of Detroit’s mean streets and the smoke-filled backrooms of the corrupt power elites, with Camie being pursued by two ruthless gunmen who work for her abusive step-father, and Gabriella fighting off a bogus murder charge. It’s left to Mark, the outsider, to see the relationship between the two situations and somehow save them both—hard to do when people are shooting at you.
Babytrick by T. V. LoCicero is noir fiction a la Mickey Spillane, complete with smoking hot dames, damsels in distress, hard-case crooks, and shootouts—it even has a hard-bitten, do-anything-to-save-a-client PI, although he’s not the main character, which elevates this into a category all its own. LoCicero has an ear for the way people at different social strata talk, and a keen eye for describing just enough detail to enable you to see the action, hear the action, and smell the action.
When you meet the characters in Babytrick, you’ll love them, or you’ll hate them; the one thing you won’t do is forget them.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This one’s an easy five stars.