This Elvis Cole/Joe Pike story is more gripping than most others, and one recommended.
The story has an interesting beginning when a teen-age girl,
taking care of her two younger siblings, comes into Cole's office and tries to hire him to find her missing father. This
improbable request is initially denied, but Cole's soft heart
leads him into a mystery that grows by the day.
The father turns out to be truly missing, and the trail leads
to a Seattle counterfeiting operation for the Russian mob,
and before Cole knows what is going on, he is arrested by the
feds and knocked around by a team of US Marshals.
And that is just the beginning.
The action leads from Seattle back to the large L.A. area, and
the search generates more threats and banging-around, and Cole,
and then his partner, Pike, end up taking shots from Orientals
as well as Russians, while dodging both the Secret Service and
the US Marshals, and the complex conflicts taxes even these
best of private detectives.
And the kids of the missing man keep getting in the way as
well, and there is considerable interesting reading here,
and this book is recommended.