Goodreads ~ Dave Wakeland isn't the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category.
Chelsea disappeared eleven years ago, leaving a trail leading towards career criminals and powerful men. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed.
Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they drive him inexorably, addictively toward danger and the allure of an unsolvable mystery.
Dave Wakeland is a former cop and now private detective in Vancouver, BC. He is in partnership with Jeff Chen, who is totally the opposite of him. Dave wears a suit when he has to and has an old table in his office instead of a fancy desk. He isn't afraid to stick his nose in things and use violence to get the answers he needs.
Dave has been hired to find a hooker and drug addict named Chelsey who disappeared eleven years ago. Her mother, who is dying, feels that no one cares about finding her and is hoping Dave can find out what happened to her. As Dave starts digging into Chelsey's past, he discovers that her clients included lawyers, artists, rich businessmen and bikers. Any of them might have gotten rid of her.
This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it. I liked the writing style ... it was dark and humorous at times (Dave could be sarcastic). I liked Dave. Even when everyone tells him to forget about looking for Chelsey and he is viciously assaulted, nothing deters him. It is written in first person perspective from Dave's point of view. As a head's up, there is swearing, violence and adult activity.
This seems to to be the start of a series (I hope so) and I look forward to reading future books by this author.