Albert Samson is ecstatic when he finally gets his private investigator's license back. It's taken years and he's been through some very low times. But now the worst is over, at last.
And within days he has a couple of cases. Granted, one is a freebie, investigating vandalism at a neighbourhood church. But the other is the best-paying job he's ever had. He's working for lawyers defending a man accused of terrifying Indianapolis women for years. Well, everyone's entitled to a defence.
The only snag is that the arresting officer on the case was Samson's childhood friend, now a captain in the Indy police. Well, never mind. It was, after all, this 'friend' who cost Samson his license in the first place.
As Samson investigates both cases, he is led into territory far beyond what at first appears likely. And he involves some unlikely helpers, including his mother and his daughter - now all growed up and thinking about her own future. One possibility would be to join the detective agency, making it Samson & Daughter.
Michael Z. Lewin is the award-winning author of many mystery novels and short stories. Most have been set in and around Indianapolis, Indiana, where he grew up. Albert Samson is a low-key private eye and the stories focus on humane understanding of the cases and problems Samson encounters. Leroy Powder is an irascible Indy police lieutenant who truly wants his colleagues to become better cops. They're bound to be grateful, right? Both central characters have an abiding wish to see justice done. One of the features of the series novels, and some stand-alones, is that that main characters from one book often appear in lesser roles in other books.
Since 1971 Mike has lived in the West of England, currently in Bath where his city-centre flat overlooks the nearby hills. Both his children have made careers in the arts. Masses more information and silly stuff is available on www.MichaelZLewin.com.