L.A. Hustle

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Pub Date May 23 2023 | Archive Date Nov 08 2023

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Meet Digger Sharma, wisecracking half-Irish, half-Indian gumshoe. As he deftly patrols his usual beat in the City of Angels, Digger attempts to solve two seemingly innocuous, straightforward, and unrelated cases. But the deeper he dives, the more he realizes he's not only in over his head but also swimming with the sharks. He must unravel the mystery to protect his client, a sultry Latina, and himself with their very lives on the line.

Meet Digger Sharma, wisecracking half-Irish, half-Indian gumshoe. As he deftly patrols his usual beat in the City of Angels, Digger attempts to solve two seemingly innocuous, straightforward, and...

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The author did a great job in presenting this drama and I liked how comfortable the story flowed even with suspenseful intrigue. How he figures out what is going on, is his dogged pursuit of the facts that puts him in the crosshair of an unknown killer. The author planted a few strategically placed clues that kept me in the game with key elements that enhanced my reading pleasure. You’ll have to read this cleverly written whodunit to learn the outcome. Digger is flawed but I like his spirit and I look forward to solving more cases with Digger Sharma. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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A modern LA noir full of twists and turns featuring one of the more memorable PIs I've ever come across.

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I loved the classic, dry wit of Digger Sharma. There was great dialogue and a intelligent characters. The storyline was great, but at times the pacing and depth fell flat. There was a lot of leading up to things and then sudden revelations which became frustrating after a while. Digger Sharma could have been developed a bit more with more nuance to his backstory. Lots of amusing cultural references. Overall, it was a great story, good plot, and a fun read!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the author’s turn of phrase. Some brilliant comparisons and witty retorts made me chuckle unintentionally throughout. The story itself was plausible and enjoyable but perhaps less memorable as the two sequences of events combined. Thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader copy of this book.

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this eARC.

"L.A. Hustle by Billie Trager" is a riveting addition to the detective genre, introducing readers to the sharp-witted and resilient Digger Sharma. Set against the backdrop of the bustling and unforgiving streets of Los Angeles, Trager weaves a tale that is as much about the city as it is about the cases at hand.

Digger Sharma, a half-Irish, half-Indian private investigator, is the heart of the story. His character is a blend of cultural nuances, quick humor, and a dogged determination that makes him both relatable and admirable. The narrative follows Digger as he navigates through two seemingly simple cases that quickly spiral into a complex web of deceit and danger.

Trager's writing style is intelligently crafted, with a dry wit that punctuates the narrative and provides levity in the darker moments of the story. The dialogue is snappy and authentic, capturing the diverse voices of L.A.'s inhabitants and painting a vivid picture of the city's many layers.

The plot of "L.A. Hustle" is engaging, with twists that are both surprising and satisfying. Trager does an excellent job of planting clues throughout the narrative, allowing readers to piece together the mystery alongside Digger. The suspense is well-maintained, and the pacing ensures that the book is difficult to put down.

One of the standout aspects of the book is its cultural and literary references, which add depth to the characters and settings. Trager's attention to detail in describing Los Angeles is meticulous, making the city come alive as a character in its own right.

In conclusion, "L.A. Hustle" is a must-read for fans of detective fiction. Billie Trager has crafted a novel that is not only a compelling mystery but also a thoughtful exploration of the human condition. Digger Sharma is a protagonist that readers will root for, and the conclusion of the book leaves one eagerly anticipating his next adventure.

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