Where the Dead Lay

David Levien, Author . Doubleday $24.95 (309p) ISBN 978-0-385-52367-7

Indianapolis PI Frank Behr juggles two cases in Levien's disjointed follow-up to City of the Sun . When Behr's Brazilian jujitsu instructor is shot to death execution-style at the Brazilian's martial arts studio, he decides to investigate unofficially. A real job soon comes Behr's way when a high-powered PI firm asks him to track down two of their missing investigators, who disappeared in the middle of a case involving derelict properties being used for illegal gambling dens. In taking a close look at the gaming dens, Behr comes face to face with a family of thugs who have launched a turf war to secure a monopoly on neighborhood crime. Despite the book's hefty body count, Levien is more interested in exploring the nature of violence, contrasting the controlled beauty of jujitsu with the unpredictable dangers of gunfights. While readers will admire Behr's determination to solve his friend's murder, some may feel that case distracts too much from his formal assignment. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/25/2009
Release date: 07/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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