I thoroughly enjoyed Stuart Kaminsky's "The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle." This book is even better. Many of the old characters return...Jim, Dennis, Angel, and the Firebird...only Beth is missing.
The humor, intrigue, and pathos that characterized the televison series is richly abundant in this novel. Jim discovers a young girl sleeping on the deck of his trailer in Malibu who claims to be his daughter and in need of his help. With a sense of chivalry and suspicion, Jim sets out to unravel the disappearance of the girl's mother, an old Rockford love from years ago. The trail leads him to the Mafia, U.S. Marshals, and his old nemesis, Captian Diehl with the LAPD. A subplot, involving an art scam with Angel, is cleverly integrated with the more sinister main plot.
Mr. Kaminsky portrays the orignal Rockford characters in true form. He further adds new characters with depth and color. A sophisticated Mafia hit-man who recites poetry and enjoys classical music and opera is particularly interesting. The plot is complex and intricate. The ending is well-conceived and should prove touching to those who enjoy the Rockford legend. I sincerely hope Mr. Kaminsky will continue this series.