Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel
S. K. Nicholls
Brave Blue Heron, 2016 (2016)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
by S. K. Nicholls introduces P. I. Richard Noggin to readers of crime novels. This new work is the first of a new series,
The Naked Eye
. Noggin works alone in Orlando, in parts of that Florida city that the average tourist does not see.
oggin has occasion to rescue an exotic dancer and a young immigrant woman from whatever they were fleeing. He then spends a great deal of time and effort trying to learn just what the two were running from. His quest takes him to parts of Orlando he wasn't aware existed. When he enters the area known as Little Saigon, he barely escapes with his life.
oggin makes the acquaintance of a transgender woman as well as cross-dressers, lesbians, gays – all of whom accept him just as he accepts them. His search leads him to a very popular nudist camp. Up to this point, the mystery builds and suspense lurks on each page. However this is where I lost interest.
hile this particular kind of writing is fully accepted, it is not on my list of what I would like to read. So I can just tell you to be warned. If the private doings in bedrooms with consenting partners is your bag, read on. If not, the mystery is finally solved and you can skip the pages that don't appeal to you. That is what I did.
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