I previously have read [a:Loren D. Estleman|13371|Loren D. Estleman|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1285871445p2/13371.jpg]'s Sherlock Holmes work and was intrigued when I found what appeared to be a noir (hardboiled?) story.
I approached it thinking I was reading something like Sam Spade style noir but it soon became apparent that it would be more like Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown" neo-noir.
The protagonist is a private investigator for whom nothing goes right. Even when things go right, they end up horribly fouled. He finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation for which he soon becomes a suspect.
The book is heavy on doses of witty banter and a really great plot line that was hard to figure until the closing pages.
Very well written.