Lorenzo Traversa Traversa từ Вішнеўка, Bê-la-rút
The first in the Cooper MacLeish mystery series. A an old college love of Cooper's has died, and Cooper wants to discover why. The police have ruled it a suicide, but the woman's son insists it's murder. Cooper isn't sure, but agrees to look into it. When a couple of hard guys start following Cooper around and an attempt is made on the son's life, Cooper thinks maybe there's something to the kid's story. Hard guys beware. In Cooper MacLeish, Reaves has created an interesting main character. Cooper is a cab driver and Vietnam vet, well-read and a little world-weary. Cooper's operating principle is that, for evil to triumph, it only requires good people to do nothing. For all his Weltenschmerz, Cooper is a stand-up guy who does what needs to be done. Reaves is a good writer, who knows how to craft an interesting story, and he gives a good sense of his Chicago setting. That said, it's the character of Cooper MacLeish that carries these stories for me. I'd kinda like to go down to Burk's, his favorite neighborhood dive, and have a couple beers with him.
I just read an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of this book and loved every moment. When Ella loses her husband she assumes she'll raise the step-children she loves as her own. Then their 'real' mother shows up to claim them and so begins a tug of war between two women for custody of the children they both love. Just as in real life, there are no easy answers and therein lies the beauty of the book. But it is easy to fall in love with the characters. The setting will also draw you in; northern California charms even as its 'underside' is revealed. Read this book and be prepared for a journey into the lives of characters you'll root for, laugh and cry with, and finally, carry with you long after you close the book.