Hey, another day another post. The biggest mystery to me once I got a groove on this novel was why I didn’t know this was Wiley’s second offering. I totally missed the boat on the first novel in this series The Last Striptease. That novel won the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition and was nominated for a Shamus Award. The main character, Joe Kozmarski rocks. Trust me when I say as soon as I can get my hands on that, I will pop into the Blast from the Past rotation ASAP.
Now to the novel I did get to read. I love the packaging, the novel is a smallish hardback, but it packs a punch. The action grabbed me right away and didn’t let go until the last word. I guess you could tell from my updates on the Goodreads meter I was going through this novel quickly. The ensemble cast around Joe Kozmarski is excellent. I love these types of novels. The plot has many twists and turns and just when I thought, hey it is time to disembark this rollercoaster, Joe K. is nice enough to point out I missed a little something and we hit another turn and the pace quickens yet again to the very end. Wiley crafts a great read. He fleshes out his characters and gives them a depth and humanity that are endearing and make us want them to succeed with their quest for the truth.
The Bad Kitty Lounge is a novel you don’t want to miss. This has all the right elements for all the right reasons. Michael Wiley has created an amazing microcosm in and around Joe Kozmarski. The characters are believable, the plot is tense and moving, and the pages seem to turn themselves. I hope that Joe K. has many more adventures, I love the ride. Put this in your Goodreads –to read – list without hesitation, and learn from my mistake, don’t forget The Last Striptease too.
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