Sunday, April 8, 2007

Lonely Street – Steve Brewer

Steve Brewer has become one of the lights that shine in the midnight sky of genre mystery writers. A long-time journalist and columnist for the Albuquerque Journal, Brewer is no slouch when it comes to the written word. When he decided to turn his pen to mystery writing the first result was Wilton “Bubba” Mabry, private investigator. Lonely Street is his debut.

It’s no coincidence that Bubba’s first appearance is in a book whose title reminds us of Elvis. The King plays a strong role in the case Bubba is engaged in. His openness to work any case if the money is right—and any money is right, coupled with his family background of kooks makes him the prime target for the likes of Buddy and “Mr. Aaron” who leave Bubba holding the bag with Elvis as his alibi.

This is the best of the Mabry stories that I’ve read to date. It’s a great debut novel, and a good precursor to the Drew Gavin mysteries that appeared a few years later. Brewer’s stories are usually fast-paced, and the characters are fun and loveable. This pbo eventually led to a hardcover career for Brewer. If you read it you’ll know why.

—Benjamin Potter, April 8, 2007

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