Starts off strong and funny, but about halfway through becomes convoluted and difficult to follow. Cho is very funny, but her accounts are people with so many underdeveloped characters that it's tough to draw a bead on who they are, where they came from, and why they're even being mentioned.
More of the usual brisk dialogue, bent coppers and oddly human villains in this Harpur & Iles mystery. I can't decide if I love these or hate these, but I keep reading them, so I guess it's closer to love.
Splitting a main character into two parts that compliment and confound each other has worked well for mystery writers from Conan Doyle to Rex Stout (and for non-mystery writers such as Patrick O'Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin sea stories). Reginald Hill's unique contributions to this form are his books about two policemen in an unnamed city in Northern England, Detectives Dalziel (pronounced "Dee-al" in the TV version) and Pascoe. Both get to show off their strengths and shortcomings in this wonderfully macabre second book in the series; Dalziel's brawn and instinct meets Pascoe's intellect as the two investigate pornographic "snuff" films in which the actors really wind up dead.
First of an interesting series. Lily Bard is not as engaging as Charlaine Harris' other heroines, but her wary ways and mysterious past are entertaining nonetheless. This one has the backstory of what exactly happened to Lily that made her so circumspect and slightly antisocial. A good, fast read!