Being a child of the Sixties, I was transported back to happier memories. Even though Vietnam raged and the Civil Rights movement was accused of tearing the country apart, it was a simpler time. Neal captures the flavor of that time so well in this book. I could smell the incense and see all those beautiful flower children. For that alone, I thank him.
He doesn't just let it go at that, though. Nope. He writes a compelling mystery story as well, one with a refreshing twist to the end. His cops are what I remember of those times and my time in the streets as a Paramedic: cynical, hard-bitten, but very human - a marked contrast to what we see today.
This is a human story, peopled by real people with real fears and wants and foibles. And, to top this treat off, Neal writes with intelligence, style, and no discernible editorial faux pas. Can't beat that combination.
My heartiest recommendation to anyone who enjoys a compelling whodunit.
David H. Keith
(reviewed the day of purchase)