Crang. He's a likeable, intelligent jazz fanatic and martini lover. He is stable and has a great relationship with a woman he cares for and a house and home life he enjoys.
He has a loyal group of friends and associates with particularly 'interesting' (not necessarily strictly legal) talents which play a part in his freelance consulting. When one of his legal client's safe gets burgled and some potentially very valuable documents are stolen, he calls in his friends, a former safe-cracker and a burglar, to help figure out who/what/how (and maybe why).
The secondary cast of characters include some memorable comic relief and provide a foil for Crang's witty repartee and occasional fisticuffs.
There are several interwoven stories and the way they're resolved form the basis for a really solid mystery. The writing is top notch and the characterizations and dialogue are very well written and a lot of fun to read. It's cleverly written and the denouement is satisfying.
I just really enjoyed reading this book. As a bonus, there are a lot of great jazz, literature and poetry references. Well worth a read! Anyone who enjoys Robert Parker's Spenser books, or John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books will definitely find something to please with these books. I read Booking In as a standalone, you get all the necessary background without having to read the other books first.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.