Justin Westwood the West End Sheriff Does it Again
Dec 9, 2009
I read the author's previous Justin Westwood (the East End Sheriff) novel (Midas), and was not terribly interested in reading another one as that book was disappointing. Having read the rave reviews on this book I decided to see if I could stomach more of the unorthodox Mr. Westwood. This book is a little bit better than its predecessor but not much. Westwood again drinks up a storm, gets branded a criminal by the legal authorities, chases after anything in a skirt (or if she is wearing pants), uses his mob connection (Bruno) to do illegal activity, makes lists of all the info he knows and tries to draw patterns, and finally needs to call in his father and his father's friend Roger to sort through the complicated business world that seems to be the root of the bad people in the story.
In this one there are a pair of Asian assassins lurking that seem to have no problem disposing of any of their victims but get real sloppy when it comes to Westwood. The book also dredges up FBI agent Wanda Chinkel (who now is working on her own "renegade" operation) and his former turncoat partner Jessie. If you read into all of the Westwood novels you would think that every big money white collar criminal operation will end up in the quiet Suffolk town of East End, like nothing could ever be focused in Manhattan.
It will take an awful lot of positive reviewer responses to get me to read another Justin Westwood novel. I give this one 3 and a half stars.