November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .
If you love the 1930s, get ready for a fun art-deco ride. The Gold Pawn picks up right where The Silver Gun left off. There’s enough back story to orient the reader, so this can be read as a standalone. Filled with gangsters, dolls, and atmosphere, the story is a nice escape to a sometimes simpler time.
Lane is a thrill-seeking young woman whose heart has been stolen, and we feel her joy at taking risks as well as her anxiety over whether she should indulge her dark side. This contrast creates a fun character who takes us on a journey filled with layer upon layer of lies and deceit. Each revelation takes Lane closer to her ultimate goal, but that journey comes at a personal cost.
While the dialogue felt a bit plain at times, the story was always moving forward and progressing toward an exciting and satisfying conclusion. There are a variety of “heroes” in this story, including a group of homeless kids. This band of street urchins were among my favorite characters in the book.
This was an enjoyable read that held my interest throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to dive into such a colorful time in history.
Kensington and L.A. Chandler have special thank you gift to anyone who pre-orders THE GOLD PAWN and registers here at http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/lachandlar/. It’s a limited edition gold author card, swag and a Silver Gun bracelet.