This book started off well, but it lagged in the last third. One reason for the lag, I think, is because the sidekick, Milo, disappeared for a long time to follow his own lead, and when he returned, it was only mentioned in passing. Another reason for the lag was the reliance on expository dialogue by the author; a lot of it. The book was also dated by its mid-80's cliches.
The strongest part of the book was the relationship between Alex and Milo, and since I've told this becomes more integral in later novels (this is the first of the Alex Delaware novels), I will read a few more to see if that makes for a better read like I think it will.