Is It Rags or Riches?

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Is it Rags or Riches? is the third in Weeks’ Street Life Series. Here, Washington DC detective Hanae Troop goes to Georgia to chase clues about The Paradox, a serial killer suspected in a new death, yet there are questions about the death itself. In Georgia, Troop’s counterpart is less than thankful for her help, even though there are some obvious similarities in local crimes. Confusing the issue is The Paradox’s new victims, former members of the Strictly Business drug cartel, who have left to try and make a new lives for themselves. There are plenty of complications along the way, as Troop sorts through the differences between DC and Georgia.

Weeks tells a good urban thriller, with good dialog, characterizations and detailed scenes. His strength is in making boring police procedures not drag the story down, but be part of the action. Is it Rags or Riches? keeps the action going, and holds enough mystery to draw readers through the story. Troop is an engaging character, and her interactions with the various Georgian residents, including detective Paul Yeomans, give life to the Peach State. A good series for fans of thrillers or urban fiction.

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Author Kevin M. Weeks
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 396 pages
Publisher Xlibris
Publish Date 06-Oct-2009
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Issue March 2010
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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