Sunday, September 12, 2010
FREE FORM JAZZ
by Lee Lamothe
From reading the back cover of the unedited manuscript, I didn't expect to like this. Sounded like too much violence and weird characters. Which is exactly what it is. But so much more. Lee Lamothe keeps the dialogue colourful and to the point, keeps the action on a fast pace to a very satisfactory conclusion, and leaves just one unanswered question, will this be a series?
I love it when the underdogs win and the two cops in Free Form Jazz, Ray Tate, a disgraced city cop and Djuna Brown, an outcast state trooper fit that description to the proverbial T. But they know how to play the game and defeat not only the bad guys, in this case the Chinese underworld, bikers, drug thugs, and corrupt politicans, but also some very nasty cops.
It's set in the midwest U.S. but is written by at Torontonian, a journalist by trade. If your taste runs to fast-paced crime fiction, then you'll devour Free Form Jazz. And it will whet your appetite for more.