PI Payton Sherwood tries to stop three skinheads who are roughing up a girl and gets beaten up in the process. On top of that, the girl swipes his watch while he is down. Payton's quest to retrieve the missing watch and find girl who took it leads him through New York's homeless community and seedy underground clubs. Can Payton find his watch before trouble finds him?
East of A is good detective story but doesn't bring a whole lot of new ideas to the table. The mystery isn't an easily solveable one. However, that's not to say it's not a good read. Atwood knows how to turn a phrase and Payton Sherwood is a little more detailed than many noir protagonists. The action isn't frequent but is fairly brutal when it does come. People burned alive, thrown out of windows, etc.
I didn't enjoy East of A as much as I did Losers Live Longer, the Payton Sherwood book after this one, but it's still a good read, a gripping page turner.