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Not what I was expecting.
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
The title didn't match the story at all. Don't know where the "Rising Phoenix" comes in;unless it's from the excerpt at the end pertaining to another short story that takes place in Phoenix. Anyway, the story line and characters take a while to develop, and some of the "villains" get thrown back into the plot later on without re-introductions. So, the reader is left thinking, "who is this guy again?"
But, all in all, it was an ok read, seeing as it was published in 2010. There's been many improvements in electronic surveillance since then that law enforcement is using. Just keep that in mind while reading. Oh, and don't mind the smoking, drinking, "non-PC racist name calling, and sexist talk of that era.