Benji Golden is a private investigator who specializes in finding people, especially teen-agers. He is twenty-five, but at just under 5’6” and less than 140 pounds, he could pass for one. When he and his boss/mother, a former exotic-dancer, get a visit from an uptown lawyer wearing mink-lined shoes and looking for a missing college student, Benji is on the trail. Not what it first appears, this mystery has links to college basketball and the favorite gubernatorial candidate of New York. Reminiscent of a hard-boiled P.I. novel, except for the baby-faced P.I., Runaway Man is a fun read, with an ending that surprised this mystery reader!
This is the first book in a new series by the author of the Berger and Mitry Mysteries and the Stewart Hoag mysteries, which also feature his faithful basset hound, Lulu. After really enjoying both series, this was not a disappointment!