The death of the private investigator (PI) genre is talked about every few years, and much like the short stories, the PI genre is not dying and is not going anywhere. In fact, there plenty around with Joe Clifford’s Jay Porter and Stephen Mack Jones’s August Snow being two shining examples. With “The Case”, Leopold Borstinski joins the PI fray with his character Jake Adkins. Adkins is as hard-boiled as they come. He’s not a man of time because “The Case” spans several decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Hired by the wife of his good friend Aaron Rothstein, Adkins is supposed to find out if his friend is cheating on his wife. Everyone in New York knows that Rothstein is stepping out, but Adkins likes the idea of vacationing in Las Vegas while “surveilling” his friend.
Borstinski nails down the bitter detective who lives in a violent and, at times, misogynistic world., and fills “The Case” with clever lines like “I’d drunk enough vodka to knock out the ghosts”. The reader journeys from Vegas in ’79 to New York ’61 to Chicago ’49 and much more. At times, the time jumping got confusing making the reader unsure which storyline was pushing “The Case” along.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my review of Leopold Borstinski’s “The Case” which is part of a damppebbles blog tour.