I wish to thank Lisa Daily of Oceanview Publishers for inviting me to read and review this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.
Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.
He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.
Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.
The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford
Although this is the 7th book in this series, it is, in fact, my first book of Rick Cahill and reads well as a stand-alone book. I liked how the author managed to give so much information about the main character in the story, as a bit of a ‘this is how we got here’ sort of thing right at the start of this book.
Cahill is a man to be admired. He used to be a Private Investigator before he was shot in the face nine months earlier and blinded. Cahill had become confident getting around his home and still keeps a fitness routine going each day, working out in his garage. His dog is super, he isn’t a trained helper dog but Rick’s pet, but he has adapted to Rick’s needs and dangers around them.
When his old partner comes to see him, it is to offer him a little work as a PI but only in a consulting way, as a case she has taken on is for someone that Rick knows very well. The man who saved Rick’s life. It should have been easy, judge his state of mind and assess if he is stable and not likely to blow a fuse and do anything rash. But life is never that simple is it?
I was mesmerised with this story as it was told through the senses that Rick experienced, the background things that we don’t often notice because we use the obvious one, sight. Rick could recognise someone’s gait, an aroma and that feeling that someone is almost close enough to touch but just keeping out of reach. All things he could use to his advantage. The story kept me on my toes with directions that I hadn’t known were coming. The story ties up all the loose ends to the case so hopefully ready for another outing for Rick and co soon.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Matt Coyle was fourteen his father gave him The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler. Since then, Coyle has dedicated his writing career to hard-boiled PI mysteries following the haunted character Rick Cahill. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lives in San Diego with his yellow lab, Angus. Coyle’s debut novel, YESTERDAY’S ECHO, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, and the Ben Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. NIGHT TREMORS was a Bookreporter.com Reviewers’ Favorite Book of 2015 and was an Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award finalist. DARK FISSURES, BLOOD TRUTH, and WRONG LIGHT were all Shamus and Lefty awards finalists and Top Picks on Bookreporter.com. LOST TOMORROWS, won the Shamu and Lefty Awards for Best Novel. BLIND VIGIL, the seventh Rick novel, comes out in December 2020.