In 2009, Sandra Brown wrote a fabulous book called SMASH CUT. Its featured protagonist was a private investigator named Dodge Hanley, a former cop composed of one large rough edge with a talent for getting the job done. He turned out to be one of my favorite literary characters of the year. While not normally her practice to revisit a character, Brown has made an exception in this case. Her new novel, TOUGH CUSTOMER, heralds Hanley’s welcome return, and the result is a riveting, fast-moving work that you will want to read as quickly as you can turn the pages.
Hanley is out of touch and out of time. He smokes like a chimney, casually uses crude language, and is used to