And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley --- 272 pages
The fifth book in Mosley's series about a New York private detective whose hard-boiled exterior fails to conceal a tender heart and a clear understanding of what's right and what's wrong. Even though Leonid McGill doesn't always get things right, even when he screws up mightily, he doesn't make excuses for himself.
On a train coming back to New York City after finishing a job in Philadelphia, McGill is approached by a good looking woman who asks to sit beside him. There's a man stalking her, and she needs someone to help her get away. McGill knows trouble when he sees it, so he agrees to escort her off the train --- and sure enough, the man tries to attack McGill and the woman in the elevator in Penn Station. Even though he quickly realizes this woman is an experienced con artist, Leonid just can't resist getting involved.
But McGill has his own problems. His wife, Katrina, is hospitalized with severe depression after an almost-successful suicide attempt. His mistress Aura has called off their affair because Leonid can't commit to her without reneging on his other obligations. Meanwhile McGill's son Twill has gotten in over his head with a Fagan-like character named Jones who's running a criminal enterprise using runaway kids hiding out in the tunnels under New York City. Getting a line on Jones and reeling him in is important not only to save Twill's neck, but also to get the NYPD off McGill's back. To top it off, McGill's long absent and presumed dead father, who abandoned McGill and his mother and brother to go off and fight with the communist guerillas in South America in the Sixties, shows up wanting to reconnect.
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