The Black Rose
THE BLACK ROSE is a page turner from the get-go, Newman doesn't waste any words or the readers time - he gets the ball in play straight away, usually headed toward the goal line, with a few stops for drugs and alcohol. In Newman's reality the only large object not drinking is the piano. Dylan accepts a missing person case that brings him back to a world he occupied long ago - insurance investigation in London - before the lure of all things exotic turned his head permanently east. You don't skip any words of James A. Newman because you never know when the gold nuggets will show up as you pan across the page. It could be in his observations between the sexes, the act of sex itself or the descriptions of the pull and power that brings in so many millions to Fun City every year, where the small fish are plentiful and always available for a fry. It's a story which includes gypsies, tramps and thieves plus your usual assortment of Beach Road tourists and expats, which you'll easily recognize but hopefully not in your own mirror. Fans of the series will be treated to more than a few returning characters, including The White Flamingo herself and my personal favorite, Hale, whom I am sure I have met at least once in the land of addictions. - Chang Mai City News