I thought the beginning was somewhat slow, THERE WAS NO DETAILED SEX (lol), and the writing was pretty passive. Yet, I liked the wit and I did become immersed in the mystery of the book. I really enjoyed Riordan's dry sense of humor and his tough guy persona. He was the perfect hard nosed detective that I will enjoy watching become vulnerable for his man as the series continues. Great start to the series and I am excited to continue.