Let’s just cut right to the chase and call this what it is: a revenge story fueled by adrenaline and nitrous oxide. This is a shot of whisky and a punch in the gut. It’s like having someone go upside your head with a gold brick wrapped in silky blonde hair. A Taste of Honey is crime fiction and its raw and unadulterated best. Think of Richard Stark’s The Hunter and you’ve got an idea of what you’re in for; that edgy level of crime where you find yourself rooting for the bad guy because the bad guy is hunting even worse guys.
The story works like this: An NYPD detective finds her sister has been systematically abused and murdered. Our detective changes her appearance, becoming the titular Honey and goes after her sister’s murderers. The chase will lead her through all kinds of muck and nasty characters. Benson doesn’t skimp on details, everything Honey does is lovingly captured and described; wrapped in a bow and dropped at your feet.
If you’re into edgy crime fiction (and who isn’t?), this is definitely worth your time.