Steven is a Mafia leader with a picture-book family. John is an inner-city school teacher who is obsessed with getting justice for his students who have the deck stacked against them. The two men’s paths cross when John kidnaps Steven’s 12-year-old daughter in an effort to force him to fess up to his criminality. Steven hires Charlie Watts, a down-at-the-heels detective to find his daughter before the deadline John has imposed. It doesn’t take Charlie long to do it, but when he learns why an otherwise peaceful schoolteacher has gone to such extremes, he faces a moral and ethical dilemma.
Admission of Guilt is book two in T. V. LoCicero’s ‘Detroit Im Dyin’ series. Another gritty story involving the denizens of the Motor City; people who live in the same geographic area, but are worlds apart. Dialogue is as pithy as you’d expect it to be, and the descriptions, for one who has spent a lot of time in Detroit, are spot on.
This is noir fiction at its best. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it five stars.