Nightmares of the man he killed two years ago still chase Rick Cahill through his sleep. The memory of his murdered wife haunts him during waking hours. His private investigative work, secretly photographing adulterers, paid for his new house but stains his soul.
When an old nemesis asks for his help to free a man from prison, a man he thinks is wrongly convicted of murder, Rick grabs at the chance to turn his life around. His investigation takes him from the wealthy enclave of La Jolla to the dark underbelly of San Diego. His quest fractures his friendship with his mentor, endangers his steady job, and draws the ire of the Police Chief who had tried to put Rick behind bars forever. With the police on one side of the law and a vicious biker gang on the other, all trying to stop him from freeing the man in prison, Rick risks his life to uncover the truth that only the real killer knows―what happened one bloody night eight years earlier.
Matt Coyle again and another 5 star read.
Yesterday’s Echo was reviewed here.
The second Rick Cahill novel has our man working as a PI, sneaking around after cheating spouses with his camera taking happy-snaps. The pay’s reasonable but it’s draining work with little satisfaction to be had, profiting from other people’s misery.
Cahill despite some misgivings, signs up for a bit of moonlighting and a more interesting case. Randall Eddington was convicted of killing his parents and his young sister, but given Cahill’s previous experiences at the hands of La Jolla’s finest, there’s a possibility he may have been framed.
A biker gang, a stoned witness, the missing murder weapon, inadmissible evidence, a beating, another job loss, a new hearing for our convicted murderer and the ire of the police department again.
All the elements of an interesting and satisfying mystery present in spades – I said it with his last book – pace, action, character, setting and resolution – all ticks in the box.
330 pages – read in two days.
5 from 5
Author Matt Coyle was kind enough to send me a copy for an honest review.