"First Avenue" provides a remarkable and heartbreakingly realistic view of a section of downtown Seattle and describes a portrait of good and evil.
Officer Sam Wright finds a dead infant in a run-down hotel on First Avenue. The image of this child who died of malnutrition is something Sam won't forget. He checks the hotel records and finds that the baby's mother worked at a nearby Donut Shop but has disappeared.
He begins the crime scene paperwork at the police headquarters and wonders about the hopelessness that seems to exist in many of the people he encountered at the hotel.
There seems to be a connection with the Donut Shop and in an unusual coincidence, a young woman, not much more than a girl, comes to Seattle looking for Sam. She seems timid and when she passes the Donut Shop, she gets a job there.
Sam's favorite place on First Avenue is Silvie's Restaurant where he often visits when he's off duty. Sam has met the young girl at the Donut Shop but she didn't say anything about wanting to find him. He has learned that her name is Marie and tells Sylvie about her. Then he asks if Sylvie would be willing to give her a job since Sam thinks the Donut Shop is unsafe.
The author's manner of writing is descriptive and poetic. I was moved by some of the characters who were well meaning people, like Sam, attempting to make life a little better with their compassionate manner and desire to help.
This is a wonderful and uplifting adventure. I enjoyed the realistic setting, the characters and the literate style of the novel and highly recommend it.