(pb; 1995: third book in the Sonja Blue series)
This is the kind of sequel I love to read - one that seamlessly, intriguingly progresses the storylines and character evolutions of previous series works, while simultaneously wrapping up and shattering established storylines with organic, foreshadowed wild card elements.
Collins not only delivers on the promise of the first two Sonja Blue novels (Sunglasses After Dark, In the Blood), but raised my expectations for the milestone series even higher.
I can only hope that the bulk of my writing, sequel- and otherwise, matches the excellence Collins has displayed thus far with her published writing, which continues to amaze me.
Worth owning, of course.
Followed by A Dozen Black Roses.
The first three Sonja Blue novels (Sunglasses After Dark, In The Blood, Paint It Black) were republished in a paperback omnibus edition, titled Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection, in 1995. (Part of its cover heads this review.)