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keerawa is a new-ish face in the due South fandom, and right from the start her work blew me away. She's got a tough, black-as-night hardboiled style that always makes me think of Hammett and Chandler, and I think "Con Job" is one of her finest stories. It's gritty, gripping and asks some tough questions about one of the fandom's most popular characters. Ray Kowalski's gift for undercover work gets him in trouble in this story, and Keerawa explores some tough questions about the way Ray has handled himself on the job in the past, and in his current assignment as Det. Ray Vecchio. Keerawa creates a fabulous original character in Cash, Kowaski's former "in" on an undercover job, a man he manipulated and used and still thinks about from time to time, and Ray's relationship with Fraser is wonderfully troubled, too. I haven't looked quite the same way at Ray Kowalski since I read this story, and I'm still shocked by how effective Keerawa's sharp, punchy pacing and terrific gift for detail is when combined with such an intense character study. It's a dark story with a bittersweet ending, but like the rest of Keerawa's stuff it's absolutely worth the trip. She has also recorded a podfic version of the story, and if you're so inclined (or even if you're not) I suggest you give it a listen. 
- 2007 rec at Crack Van