“Thick as Thieves” by Neil Low is a fast, fun noir thriller set in 1940s Seattle. Plenty of characterization and action in a story that moves easily from an exclusive dining room populated by movers and shakers to a hidden brothel in Chinatown.
After the beating death of his father, who worked for a powerful union boss as a detective, Alan Stewart is working as a bakery goods driver. Curious about his father’s job and death, Alan yearn for revenge. A chance meeting with the union boss at a barbershop sets Alan on a collision course with the truth.
“Thick as Thieves” is the first book in a series, and it does a great job of setting the scene of pre-war 1940s Seattle and describing the main characters. Alan develops the most, naturally, and the union detective who emerges at the end of the story is more world-wise than the bakery truck driver.
I enjoyed nearly everything about this book, with my only small complaint being an out-of-left field plot twist thrown in very late in the going which I suspect was a set-up for a later book. I will likely get to that book at some time, but the twist was somewhat of a head-scratcher in the context of this book.