"This is the real L.A., real people, some of them you cross the street to avoid.. take a walk with Jack Liffey, a brave and decent man" Kent Anderson, author of Night Dogs
This is the first in a LA based series about a PI named Jack Liffey, ex-Nam vet, divorced, former boozehound who now spends his days trying to keep his act together as a father to the precocious Maeve and tries to earn a living investigating child disappearances.
A good first effort with many more to follow. I like my PI's with a lot of baggage, so trust me, this guy is the real McCoy.
The action moves along when the grandmother of a once missing child, found by Liffey, now seeks his help in finding the daughter. She appears, dead of course, floating out of the concrete river that bears the tome's title.
Two evil dudes show up and the fireworks get lit.
A real thrill ride!