From Publishers Weekly
Scoppettone's familiarity with the streets and shops of Manhattan's West Village lends authenticity to this captivating, forceful mystery, the second to feature PI Lauren Laurano. Not just a crime story, this skillfully characterized portrait of the lesbian relationship Lauren has shared for 12 years also demonstrates how lies and conflicts strain friendships. When Lauren's childhood confidante and close friend, a jewelry-store owner named Megan Harbruth, is shot, Lauren refuses to let police pursue the case on their own. Lauren's investigations make her feel disillusioned and betrayed: however, Megan apparently hid many secrets, from an affair with a married man to involvement in a local scam that provided her with thousands of dollars. Scoppettone ( Everything You Have Is Mine ) explores the issue of trust in several subplots, as Lauren withholds information from a policeman she knows well and watches as another friend conceals a cocaine addiction from his lover. A cliched and slightly rushed resolution--the perp, cornered, admits to everything with villainous gusto--only slightly flaws this substantial and satisfying novel.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Greenwich Village PI Lauren Laurano appears for another bout with murder after someone shoots her good friend Megan. As she questions children, ex-husbands, and other suspects, Lauren acquires essential self-awareness as well as clues. New York characters and scenes abound, all held together by Lauren's particular liberal lesbian outlook, insecure emotions, unconventional friends, and most appropriate first-person voice. A likable addition to the series.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.