Victor Carl the lawyer who "crosses the line" between what is legal and what is criminal is back. This time he gets himself involved as a "bagman" for a politician. That is, he acts as a go-between delivering payoffs for those who need to make things happen. One of those payoffs is to Jessica Barnes, who ends up murdered right after Victor pays her. Victor cannot tell anything to the police because that would expose his illicit acts. He does get himself into the newspaper whch gets the attention of fellow bagmen. Apparently Victor has violated one of the rules of the bagmen, which is not to get your name in the paper.The bagmen are an interesting assortment of characters, each responsible for a different aspect of the political machinery.
Meanwhile, those who were responsible for murdering Jessica Barnes want to see Victor go down for it and are relentless as trying to get Victor blamed. Eventually, other murders will occur and it is only Victor with his inside knowledge, that is capable of figuring out who the bad guys are.
I really enjoyed this book and it is probably the best Victor Carl book I have read since Lashner's first one.Victor is a lot darker than other lawyers and has the self-depreciating humor and wit of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter. It is especially interesting how Lashner lays out the various rules of the bagmen and how Victor applies them to what he does. The supporting cast is especially intriguing (the relentless Officer McDeiss, the various bagmen, and I especially liked Victor's personal shopper at the upscale department store).
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Victor Carl is back, and back in trouble. At a low point in his lowly career, Victor finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account, and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister. But just when Victor begins to think he’s got a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy. Now Victor’s only way out might lie with a brotherhood of shady characters with sacks full of cash, bad fedoras, and their own twisted set of rules. Will Victor’s new friends help him find a killer or bury him deep?