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’99 Percent Kill’ By Doug Richardson

To look at the building from its exterior, the Mayfair Hotel with its old European-styled awning and red brick facade hadn’t aged much at all in its ninety-plus years of service to travelers visiting Los Angeles. Though not exactly located in downtown proper, its old school charm at a bargain price consistently lured guests seeking extended stays and a few extra ounces of discretion…

Oh my, how the travel insurance exec cherished his quarterly road trips. Boston and Hartford in the spring. Summer usually brought him to Seattle. Fall was Nashville or Dallas and sometimes Houston. But winter was reserved for Southen California. San Diego and Los Angeles respectively where the mean average temperature hovered in the mid-seventies and the quality of working girls was undisputed….

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Yvonne

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10 comments
    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Doug can always be relied upon to create quirky and unusual characters and detective, turned PI, turned detective, Lucky Dey, is set to be no exception.

      Having read on a little way since publishing this post, I can tell you that the travel insurance exec, is no longer smiling!!

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

  • Interesting teaser lines and I particularly liked the second paragraph. It had me thinking about those cities and what they’d be like during the chosen season. Yep, I imagine southern California would be nice in winter – not that I would know from experience!

    I’m still reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (and may be for some time!).

    37% “Oh, that dark road where men went by like ghosts, voices stilled, only the muffled tramping of feet on soft dirt, the faint clicking of bridles and the straining creak of leather! And, oh, that dreadful moment when the sick horse balked and cavalry and light cannon rumbled past in the darkness, past where they sat breathless, so close she could smell the stale sweat on the soldiers’ bodies!”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Although hubbie has been to all those places, when he worked for American corporations, I have only ever got as far as Florida. LA would be the one place I would really like to go, as I have relatives, now very elderly, who emigrated there more than 50 years ago and who have not visited ‘home’ for getting on for 25 years. The winter warmth sounds good, however when you haven’t had rain for over 3 years and even the lightest shower is cause for celebration, it doesn’t make it sound so attractive any more.

      It sounds as though she is hiding from the military in your excerpt, this is some very descriptive writing and sets the scene vividly.

      Fellow commenter (above) Mary Ann, is also in the midst of a chunkster marathon read and when I checked out the two books which comprise her series, I thought immediately, that it might be something you would enjoy, so I’ll just pop the link below in case you are interested …

      https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=the+lady+agnes+mystery

      🙂

      • Gee, thanks, Yvonne. Just what I needed, 😉 The books do look right up my alley and I’ve added the first to my wish list at Amazon.

        • I knew you’d be impressed 🙂

          On the other hand, I guessed that the books would be stories you would enjoy, so I don’t feel quite so bad 🙂

  • Hmm, not too sure about 99 Percent Kill. Your first paragraph intrigued me whilst the second, well, the second left me feeling a bit ‘mweh as my niece would say.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I know what you mean about the nasty taste the discussion concerning ‘working girls’, leaves in the mouth. However, author Doug Richardson always deals with hard-hitting issues and uses strong characters to challenge them.

      Detective, turned private investigator ‘Lucky Dey’, has his own reasons for taking on this case and the story is as much about what motivates young girls to run away to the streets and then allow themselves to be duped and manipulated by the scum, flesh commerce pimps such as Herm.

      Herm may well be on his way to ‘singing his swan song’, when Lucky catches up with him!

      I hope that my eventual review may change your mind about this particular story, but don’t let it put you off Doug’s writing in general. It really is very good 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      “Old school charm at a bargain price ..” just doesn’t resonate with the hotel being called ‘The Mayfair’, which is a very wealthy and salubrious area of London, here in the UK.

      The LA version sounds very shady, if their discretion extends as far as allowing ‘working girls’, to visit hotel guests.

      These early teaser lines don’t really do justice to exactly how disturbing and emotional this story is and I am thoroughly engrossed in the reading of it.

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for all the lovely comments 🙂

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