From Amazon.com ~ Real-life Chicago PI Chercover, in his impressive hard-boiled debut, introduces Ray Dudgeon, a former Chicago reporter disillusioned with the newspaper business who has turned private detective. When Bob Loniski, a locations manager for Hollywood films, hires Dudgeon for protection after running afoul of a mid-level gangster, Dudgeon finds himself in the middle of an organized crime war. A number of forces hamper Dudgeon's efforts to keep his client alive, even as his probing reveals that Loniski may have witnessed a prominent local politician keeping unsavory company and that the violence may be connected to a broader conspiracy. Like many a classic PI, Dudgeon behaves according to his own subjective code. The author's considerable storytelling and characterization gifts compare favorably with those of Loren D. Estleman and other established masters of the crime genre.
I discovered this book in an newspaper article announcing the International Thriller Writers Association nominees. And the fact that Sean is originally from Toronto added to the appeal.
I really enjoyed this book. Sean has a fun sarcastic writing style which I like. And I liked the characters, Joe and the friends with whom he surrounds himself.
This book definitely deserves its Best First Novel nomination.
I look forward to seeing more adventures of Joe Dudgeon!