Hunting Gold~A Review

The year is 1955. New York City is a thriving, bustling metropolis with glittering lights on some streets while seedy, dark and dangerous areas exist nearby. Anything involving same sex relationships is against the law and can get you arrested and beaten by the police. This doesn’t stop Cantor Gold, professional art thief and the hero of this tale. She lives her life openly, and proudly wears the clothes, the attitude, and the scars that prove it. Her profession is always dangerous, but now there is someone who is targeting Cantor. Whoever it is wants to destroy her whole life, including killing the people close to her. The problem is, Cantor has no idea who it is.

Hunting Gold by Ann Aptaker is the sixth book in the “Cantor Gold” series and continues the noir themed murder mystery we have come to enjoy so much. With each novel, I fall a little more in love with Cantor. She is that perfect noir hero…brave, intelligent, and proud. At the same time she is a little broken inside from past heartache which only makes her more vulnerable, which in turn makes her more loveable.

The setting fits the noir theme of the story as well. I honestly feel the author’s descriptions are some of the best aspects of this book. Ms. Aptaker uses all five senses in her descriptions. She describes the scenes so well; I wanted to look over my own shoulder to see if someone was sneaking up on me at times. The mystery will keep you guessing and reading the book nonstop.

Even though this is the sixth book in the series, Hunting Gold can be read as a standalone. However, if you haven’t read the other novels yet, you will definitely want to after reading this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’m hoping there will be more “Gold” coming soon.

I received an ARC from Bywater Books for an honest review.


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