The versatile and prolific Kaminsky introduces his fifth series hero, Lew Fonesca, in this outstanding mystery. Fonesca is a middle-aged, widowed process server, a transplanted Chicagoan who has made a new home in Sarasota, Fla. He joins a distinguished and varied stable of his Edgar Award-winning creator's other protagonists: a Russian policeman (Porfiry Rostnikov); a Chicago police detective (Abe Lieberman); a private detective to the stars (Toby Peters); and, of course, Jim Rockford. Fonesca is a friendly, unassuming, slightly depressed fellow who makes a meager salary working for several Sarasota lawyers. Occasionally he uses the investigative skills he developed while employed by the state attorney's office in Chicago to do a little ad hoc sleuthing. In his debut, his skills and fortitude get stretched to the limit as he tries to locate two missing persons: a teenage girl whose sexually abusive and violent father has lured her away from her poverty-stricken mother, and a woman who has run away from her wealthy husband. As always, Kaminsky's sense of place is faultless, and he skillfully captures a parade of lively, credible characters, including psychiatrists, truck drivers, pimps, teenagers and social workers. With an early hook, he grabs readers and takes them on a memorably tumultuous ride of violent dips and turns, careening from Sarasota's most squalid shacks to its richest condos. (Sept.)
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Lew Fonseca is a middle-aged, balding, classic-movie lover, and morose freelance process server in Sarasota, FL. His office is above a Dairy Queen, and he lives a rather solitary life after the death of his wife in a winter auto accident back in Chicago. In addition to his process serving duties, he also dabbles in finding missing persons, and as his luck would have it, two cases fall into his lap on the same day. The first comes from the mother of a teenage girl who is worried that her daughter has become a prostitute under the tender care of her louse of a father. The second one deals with a husband's desperate search to find his wife. With the help of some rather colorful secondary characters, Fonseca soon finds out that there is a tenuous link between the two seemingly disparate cases. Kaminsky has been adept at creating realistic literary characters in his previous mysteries, and if Vengeance is any indication, we'll be hoping to see a lot more of mopey Lew and his merry band of misfits. Scott Brick brings life to these characters without resorting to phony voices or unbelievable accents. All in all, this will be a solid addition to public library collections. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA
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