In It For the Money
Sometimes young adults would prefer to go missing and not be found for any reason. Was that why Jeremy Rhodes disappeared? His mother is quite wealthy and claims to give her money to charities and spends her time at these events as a benefactor. Blu Carraway is an unorthodox private investigator that is brash, bold, and reckless and definitely someone you want on your side. His former business partner Mick Crome vanished but that is about to change as he comes up to round out a cast of characters that are hilarious, on point, no holds barred in their actions and will do anything to solve a case even getting arrested. Blu’s funds seem to be diminishing and he has not had a job since working for millionaire Adam Kincaid finding his daughter. Staring at his old rotary phone he wills it to ring but instead a black limo with a driver comes to his front door and out comes Cynthia Rhodes. Meeting Cynthia sets off many red flags when she gives him a hefty retainer, asks that he not tell anyone about his job and goes off hoping to find her son. You would think this would be an easy case of finding a missing person but not so and when Blu Carraway is involved anything can happen and it usually does, as you will learn.
Billie Day has a think for Blu and when they reunite sparks fly but she is not one to take lightly and even though he hopes to rekindle their relationship there are many issues you will learn that have to be ironed out.
Mick Crome his sometimes business partner vanished and he has not heard from him since the Kincaid job. Cynthia gave him a picture of Jeremy that was old and he need to use his contact, Gladys at the same picture was taken at the DMV and Gladys came through with a more recent one that made Jeremy look like a punk rocker. Rick, Cynthia’s driver seemed to have secrets of his own and Rebecca her receptionist rounded out her staff but what was she hiding? With his car totaled he need to rent a new one and a Honda Pilot SUV was now his at least for a short time. But, Rhodes was determined to make sure that Blu had every modern convenience to stay in touch with her so why not buy him an IPhone. Not Bad!
Cynthia Rhodes has many connections in high places including a high priced lawyer that by the time this story ends would earn more than just a day’s pay. Learning from a contact where Jeremy’s Volkswagen Jetta was located and seeing the poor condition it was he realized that he spent money to keep it running but for some reason left it in a car lot and never looked back. Detective Powers was his link to the police and would for a meal bribe help him out.
Learning about a hairdresser named Carissa it led him to someone named Tristan who would be at a specific underground, meaning off the books, club in the warehouse district. Leads from friends at his gym would send him hopefully in the right directions but every lead sends him deeper in danger and at times he needs to use brute force and if the outcome means he shoots you well next time don’t play hard to get.
As the information flows he learns about George Dicks through someone who is Jeremy’s grandfather. Meeting him you immediately realize that he is hiding something but does he know where Jeremy is and why is it that he cannot be found?
Crome’s only asset is his Harley and nothing else. He has no links to anything about he and Blu are devoted friends and their loyalty to each other is beyond reproach. Bullets fly wherever he goes and every step of the investigation brings him close to people that want to take him out. Detective Powers was his ally and he informed him about what happened at the bait shop with the owner. A fire started and he was blamed for it but Blu had nothing to do with it and decided to meet with Brack Pelton to see if he could shed some light on certain things within this investigation. Pulling up to the Palmetto Pulse, the local newspaper we now meet the owner Patricia Voyels and she is one shrewd lady. Tess Ray and Harmony Childs are two of the most attractive male magnet reporters and the want in on the investigation. They want o interview witnesses and Patricia although powerful knew about the Kincaid case, contacted Adam Kincaid but got no response.
Finding where Jeremy bought his car and then learning about a man named Jimmy Z who owns Ted’s Used Cars we meet a dangerous man that most would rather steer clear of. As Crome deals with Jimmy and shows him a partial tag number he and Blue want more information about the person who bought the car and an address. Jimmy Zoluchi is dangerous but a man hands Blu an envelope saying it’s from Jimmy but in reality it’s a set up and each time Blu goes after what he wants using the information he receives he winds up either in the back of a police car or injured. The scene on pages 151-153 is graphic and you can feel the pain inflicted on anyone by Crime when trying to get the better of him.
Harmony seemed to tag along with Blu wanted to do anything to get story. The three, which included Crime, would find themselves once again answering questions when witnessing a hostage situation, which Harmony managed to get on her phone and send the feed to her news crew. Harmony is tough and followed up with interviews with some of the workers of McDonald’s that witnessed the carnage and what happened. Added in Blu was fuming that the plate number was for a stolen vehicle that he learned from Gladys.
Billie is in love with Blu but will not deal with him and their relationship until this job is over and he is ready to focus on her. When she learns that Tess went along with him to find more information on a story she is jealous and upset. Maureen lives in a trailer park and her relationship with Crome happened a long time ago and they both might try to rekindle it if he decides to stay in Charlestown. Tess, Patricia, Billie and Blue sat at a booth in a rooftop bar. Patricia was angry and Billie was not happy too. Breaking into someone’s apartment for starters and learning that Tess tracked the an who held Jimmy and his secretary hostage and found him connected to the apartment that they were sent to in order to try and learn more about Jeremy. This is one complicated job that is not even close to being over and now thanks to Maureen and Gladys Crome might have some leads to Jimmy who disappeared after he was free from the hostage situation and the police.
With Patricia having to call her private doctor for Blu and the cost of what this investigation has come to, things turn ugly when they learn about a man named Skull who was the biggest hood in two and why did no spare Blu?
Finding his car with a flat tire and Harmony close the scene and dropping them off to get another rental, they learn about a stripper named Angel Feather who is next on their list to find. But, she’s asking for lots of money and thinking she might be useful Blu agrees so where is she when he calls her to make the meeting? What happens to everyone involved and that he gets involved let’s you know you don’t want to be on his list to be interviewed. Next we meet Detective McDere who insists that Blu ride along with him to identify the body found giving him no choice in the matter yet reporting to Crome before he enters the police cruiser. Added in there is another girl linked to Angel and that is Cleo but where exactly is she? Someone wants to silence everyone looking or involved with Jeremy who we learn took something from someone higher up and that’s why they are looking for him.
Drugs, cocaine, large amounts of money, drops made to customers when the score came in and the real reason why Jeremy did not want any part of his mother but will he ever return? What is his purpose for using his trust fund and what is the real reason he disappeared? An ending that will make you wonder just who Cynthia Rhodes really is and if she is truly working on helping charities? When you meet Jeremy you will have to decide if he is right to want to disappear or if he is just a kid gone in the wrong direction?
Who ratted out the fact that Blu was looking for Jeremy and who was behind helping him disappear? The ending just might be the beginning for Blu in many ways but will Crome remain as his partner? Dead strippers, a ransom note, a beat-up can and a missing briefcase filled with money and cocaine. But, as you get to know the players you will realize that sometimes it’s not about winning the case, closing it and finding the missing person or investigating a crime sometimes as author David Burnsworth created this great character filled with guts, impetuous, at times not thinking things through and definitely hot headed, that it’s not the case that he’s only in for he’s IN FOR THE MONEY!
Fran Lewis: just reviews/MJ magazine