Title: Nobody’s Angel (Hard Case Crime #65)
Author: Jack Clark
Chicago cabbie Eddie Miles isn’t looking for trouble. He’s just trying to get through another tough night in a dangerous city. When he stumbles on a teenage prostitute left for dead, he finds himself unable to turn away.
“Nobody’s Angel doesn’t contain a wasted word or a false note…its real beauty lies in Eddie’s bittersweet existence and the special romance and danger of the cabdriver’s life.” (Washington Post)
“The cynical, melancholy cabbie point of view is perfect for this kind of neon-lit, noir-tinged, saxophone-scored prose poem, and Clark hits all the right notes.” (Booklist)
“Nobody’s Angel is a powerhouse of a book, a genuine work of noir and one of the best books of the year…. Clark does something truly remarkable in a mystery novel here. Much like in the great HBO series The Wire, Clark chronicles the collapse of America’s industrial base and its impact upon both our cities and the intractable problem of race in America through the story of an ordinary man…. This is an incredible book that you will not soon forget.” (Bookreporter.com)
I loved this short dive into the world of cabdriving in Chicago. Through the eyes of Eddie Miles, we get a unique view into the thoughts and feelings of cab drivers and how they deal with dangerous situations. When one of their own is murdered, tensions run high, and Eddie finds himself in the middle of a dangerous cat and mouse game. Anyone could be the murderer, and the only way to tell is to let them in his cab.
Eddie’s character is probably one of the most well-rounded characters I’ve ever read about. He’s normal, an unlikely hero, but he does things that no one else will. A lot of the cab drivers won’t go into dangerous neighborhoods and won’t pick up people with a certain look. Eddie will pick up anyone, even knowing how dangerous that could be. He’s seen all the tricks and knows how to keep himself safe at all times.
The narration for the audiobook had a lilt that matched perfectly to the tone of the audiobook.
All in all, this was a great little noir recommended to all fans of detective/murder mystery stories.