Meaker, Marijand (writing as Vin Packer) - SCOTT FREE

SCOTT FREE (Suspense-Scotti House-The Hamptons-Cont) – NR
Meaker, Marijand (writing as Vin Packer) - standalone
Carroll & Graf, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780786718672

First Sentence: “Look here, Jessica, I’ve made a decision. I’m going ahead with the change.”

Private Investigator Scott House is in the process of becoming Scotti House and while finally realizing his true self as a female, it has certainly changed his relationship with his wife and daughter. Len Lasher is a wealthy businessman through to be suffering from MS but actually dying of ALS; a secret well kept by the family and his caretaker

I’m not certain what to make of this. I liked the Scott/Scotti who is trying to literally change his life but maintain his two most important relationships. I liked Delroy, the caretaker, and his loyalty to Lasher in spite of Lasher’s wife. But the plot is something of a mess that loses its direction and focus in its seeming desire for eclectic characters. The depiction of the Hamptons is stereotypical. By the time I arrived at the actual mystery, it seemed almost uninteresting. I found this book very disappointing and really can’t recommend it.

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