Loren Hawn is such a memorable character, somewhat flawed but so human and real. This book - like it's author - is remarkably underrated. It can be appreciated on many levels; as a police procedural or as a mystery with a touch of underplayed sci-fi weirdness, which makes it accessible to even non-sci-fi-readers.
Williams has a gift for action and pacing, masterfully laying down the layers of mystery, and building-up the various plot-lines. His locations and characters feel authentic, their interactions and dialogue feel honest and real, and imparts a strong sense-of-place.
Now, this novel - in the hands of a competent producer - would make a great film, so long as it was adapted with respect and authenticity.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)