I had my first print review of TBO and I’m enormously pleased to say that Quill and Quire gave it rave reviews. The review is only in the print edition so I can’t link it, but here’s some of what Brooklyn writer and reviewer Sarah Weinman had to say:
“… the direct commanding tone [of the opening sentence] sets the stage for the impressive police procedural that follows, one that is as much about a detective facing his own dementia-induced demons as a country in the midst of political turmoil.
“Blair keeps the tension high even as she paints a comprehensive, sensitively detailed picture of two strong-willed men with similar professional backgrounds, each resolute in his beliefs about criminal justice and morality, even in the face of political interference and evidence of a deep-seated crime ring at work in the city.
“The Beggar’s Opera was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Associations’s Debut Dagger, and it’s easy to see why. Blair writes with confidence in her milieu, showing us a world too often laden with stereotypes and half-truths ….
“… [Ramirez] has more cases to solve, and based on this solid debut, we will be eager to read about them.”