“Brooklyn PI Gulliver Dowd is a dwarf, but don’t underestimate his detecting or martial arts abilities. Dowd helps Ellis, a local street kid, find his lost dog but is then startled to learn that the boy has been viciously attacked and is now hospitalized. After asking around the industrial area of Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Ellis makes his home, Dowd realizes the boy saw something illegal and the crooks want to silence him. It doesn’t take long before Dowd is in danger, too.
VERDICT Coleman, the award-winning author of the Moe Prager series, is a welcome addition to the talented stable of writers who have joined Orca’s Rapid Reads line. Mixing accessible prose meant to draw in new and reluctant readers with an exciting plot, Coleman introduces a gutsy, street-savvy hero. More, please.”
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