Female characters, however, usually just move on if they're ~strong female characters~, meaning they kick a lot of ass but they're so hurt inside, they just need the love of a good man, etc.
The love of a good man is all very well but Chess uses drugs.
There isn't one single character who is actually a nice person in this and yet it was impossible not to care about them.
The old gangster talk is delightful (I never thought I'd say this) and though they usually don't say much it's all there - this book is a great example of show not tell.
Another thing this book did well: the world building. Damn, I raise my glass to Stacia Kane, that was wonderfully written.
I can't believe it took me so long to get into this series, but YAY, that just means I get to read a bunch of them without stopping for such trifling things such as food, water, or sleep!
And now on a less serious, more fangirly note: I hope for a lot more of Chess making Terrible blush in the next ones because those two, omg!!
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