Slicky Boys introduces the reader to Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigators George Sueños. He grew up in the barrios of East LA and his partner Ernie Bascom was born and bred in Detroit. The area they work South Korea in the town of Itaewon, an area of ill repute. And both men like this way because they have access to plenty of booze and women.
The arrangement is going smoothly until one night a young woman offers George and Ernie a hundred dollars. She wants them to deliver a note to her former boyfriend, Cecil Whitcomb a member of the British Honor Guard. She misses him and wishes to see him one last time before he heads back to the UK.
George and Ernie agree thinking they will do this simple deed and in return have more beer money. However, the following day both CID men learn to their horror that Whitcomb has been murdered. And knowing they are part of the case, neither wishes their superiors to find out because the case will be taken away from them.
However, their secret does not last and soon both men are removed from the investigation. But neither George nor Ernie is willing to back off. Instead they decide to continue the investigation on their own to solve Whitcomb’s murder and ease their individual consciousness.
The two men find out that Whitcomb stole items and sold them on the black market then they learn about the Slicky boys. The boys are a group, of thieves who steal a small percentage of Army items a year and make money off them. Initially George and Ernie think the boys killed Whitcomb until they dig deeper and both find out someone far more sinister is involved.
I think Slicky Boys is engaging because of George who narrates the tale and his relationship with Ernie. The two are more than partners; they are dear friends too.
Also I never felt the narrative drags and I remained interested in the story from beginning to end. A great start to a series until I found out Slicky boys is actually book two. I would not have believed it but it is a clear as day on this website.
I don’t feel I need to go back and read the first book especially since my local library does not have it. The other books however, I think they do have and I plan to stick with Sueños and Bascom going forward.