At thirty-three she's already beat a bout with cancer-- and soon she's being offered big bucks to find a talk-show celebrity's missing father. It seems like an easy job until Zen finds out she's just one step ahead of a hit man. Now Zen's professional and private lives are converging into a world of murder and gunplay On the same day her cat Ira gets run over for the second time don't ask , L.
One job is routine, if big-money To the pantheon of hard-boiled female private investigators add the cigar-smoking, wise-cracking Zen short for Zenaria Moses. Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet.
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A fun and engaging mystery! While there are a lot of female private eyes, few bring a fresh, tough voice to the genre. Elizabeth Cosin delivers that and more with Zen Moses. This smart, wise-cracking PI hits the ground running. Cosin's crisp economy of words and snappy dialogue contribute to a relentless pace. Take a sick day.
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You'll be up all night reading this one! Can't wait for more from Elizabeth an "Zen". My Kindle is awaiting the next volume.
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Please hurry as I have some free time coming up! Really enjoyed the book. Anxious to read the next one. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? See our Returns Policy. Visit our Help Pages. The novel begins with Zen disposing of the remains of her "best friend" -- Ira, the cat. There are a couple of peripheral references to how Ira met his fate, but Zen never acknowledges that she feels any grief for him after the first two pages, and even that is more annoyance at the unreal situation she finds herself in by paragraph two.
Zen is a cancer survivor, but her treatment for lung cancer is mentioned once or twice as if it's not very important to her.
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This feels like either work by an author who doesn't know how to handle her character's emotional life -- or a picture of a character who has suppressed her emotions for so long, she isn't sure what to do with them. I am opting for the second explanation and hope that in future novels, Zen begins to deal with what seems to be a colourful and painful past. In this novel, there are passing references to everything from past cases, to her mother's abandonment of her, to her slugging of the World Series MVP I wanted to know what happened there!
Since Zen is also notably shy, awkward, and guilty when reunited with a family member she hasn't seen in years, I am inclined to believe her reticence is deliberate, and we'll eventually, perhaps throughout several novels, get to know her better. As a character sketch, the novel is tantalizing, but it works a little less well as a mystery.
Part of the problem seems to be the fact there is too much story for the space Cosin uses. There is a case involving a client's long-lost family, and a subplot involving Zen's long-lost family. Both seem to get short shrift, which is a shame. The first case turns into a murder in which the culprit is obvious right from the beginning, and most of the motive as well. The second case is a bit of a distraction, and is resolved far too quickly almost perfunctorily in the final chapter.
This is a shame, because both feature interesting characters and situations that could have stood up to a lot more fleshing out than Cosin does. There's at least one clue we are told was noticed earlier, but I couldn't find a passage mentioning it earlier, which felt like an editing mistake. Since Zen "gets it" almost at once, there is no benefit to not telling the reader about the clue as soon as Zen sees it the first time. It wouldn't have given anything away. Zen's sidekick, the menacing Bobo, did not capture my interest the way she did. He feels a bit like a Robert Parker retread, but I am hopeful that he'll get more interesting as the series progresses.
As it is, I nearly gave this novel four stars for Zen alone. If Cosin can resist the temptation to try and substitute Zen's musical tastes, her cigar-smoking, and her quirky transportation for emotional development, I think this series will be a real winner. Los Angeles private investigator Zen Moses has seen a lot of heartbreak in her thirty-three years of life, but somehow seems to always pick herself up because she knows that's life. Her latest tragedy is the death of her feline, which causes the depressed Zen to drown her sorrows in suds at her favorite watering hole, Father's Office.
However, instead of burying her grief, Zen finds her cousin lying dead in the bar's walk-in refrigerator. Considering that Daniel allegedly killed himself over a decade ago, Zen is amazed to see his fresh corpse.
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Though she has a client, Zen feels that she owes it to her relative to ferret out the identity of his killer. Readers will either zealously adore Zen or completely loathe her. There is no neutral ground when it comes to this tough Southern California sleuth. The support cast adds much flavoring as their personalities range from California mellow to ultra-hyperactivity. Elizabeth Cosin has written a witty who-done-it but the bottom line is whether a reader can appreciate the sardonic misanthropic, yet optimistic Zen.
On a personal note, this reviewer has a yen for more Zen. I think the author is going for suspenseful but the book just drags. The main character is suppose to be tough, smart, and emotionally damaged, instead she comes off as dumb, arrogant, and rude. I didn't feel any sympathy for her. I only got through two chapters the basic plot set up had potential before the main character annoyed me enough that I decided to read the last chapter and throw the book in a free pile.
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