From Publishers Weekly
A Lew Griffin mystery, this second in the series still offers plentiful satisfaction. Here, recovering alcoholic Griffin, a novelist, literature professor and ex-PI in New Orleans, searches for Alouette, the runaway daughter of his former lover, the recently deceased LaVerne Adams. Flashbacks detail Griffin's recent history before bringing the reader up to his efforts to find Alouette, whose crack baby is dying in a Tennessee hospital. Sallis explores themes of friendship and loyalty as Griffin ruminates on the works of Proust, Camus, Kierkegaard, Queneau and Robbe-Grillet, among others, while he repays emotional debts to LaVerne and seeks his own "quiet, constant eureka" of existence. Secondary characters sparkle--a gay counselor at a women's shelter, the French teacher who becomes Lew's latest romance, LaVerne's mother and the low-life barflies who aid Griffin's search. A final sequence links Griffin's attempts to help a colleague find a missing son to his own regret at a lost relationship with his own son.
Lew Griffin has been teaching law but someone wants to hire him as a PI. He agrees as an obligation to a departed friend and he is back drawn to danger like a moth to a flame.