A tough Child Protective Services officer tangles with all kinds of miscreants
in his efforts to help a pair of Seminole waifs.
Florida, 1976. CPS bulldog Foggy Moscowitz (Three Shot Burst, 2017, etc.)
tells the reader right up front that Sammy "Icepick" Franks has dragged a
body out of the trunk of his Lincoln and tossed it in the bay. He also shoots
a barking dog, which is where Foggy comes in. The crime(s) are witnessed
by Little Cloud and Wonder Girl, a pair of Seminole children whose mother,
Echu Matta, has gone missing. A cleaning woman at the Benton Inn, she
hasn't come home for three nights. Battling racism from both the locals and
law enforcement fills Foggy with a brittle righteousness that imbues his punchy
first-person narrative. Along with Sharp and Duck, two hotheaded Native
Americans, he resolves to ferret out the truth. The officious manager of the
Benton offers the implausible story that a disgruntled Matta and two co-workers
simply haven't been showing up to work in protest over their discriminatory
treatment. Foggy is devastated when the dead body in the bay turns out to be that
of Pan Pan Washington, his old pal from Brooklyn. Not coincidentally, Foggy and
Pan Pan tangled with Icepick in Brooklyn way back when. The corpses pile up as
Foggy, Sharp, and Duck head to Oklahoma to untangle the twisted conspiracy
behind the killings and find the missing mom.
The third installment of DePoy's franchise, which finds a compelling anchor in
its sleuth, crackles with energy and a plot as twisty as a country road.