Blood Truth: A Rick Cahill Novel

Oceanview. Dec. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781608092390. $26.95; pap. ISBN 9781608092871. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781608092406. M
When PI Rick Cahill's ex-girlfriend comes to him with a problem, he cannot deny her request for help. She fears her husband is cheating on her, and Rick's forte is tailing wayward spouses. But as he digs deeper, a simple case of philandering becomes something more complicated. Simultaneously, Rick receives a phone call from a contractor who has found a hidden safe while demolishing Rick's boyhood home. Upon opening it, Rick finds a gun, $15,000 in cash, and a safe deposit box key. His father, a disgraced La Jolla, CA, cop who died a broken man after years of ostracism and alcohol, was rumored to be on the mob payroll, but Rick has always held out hope that the rumors were false. Could this be evidence that they were indeed true? Rick's antagonistic relationship with the local police continues unabated from previous books (Dark Fissure).
VERDICT Coyle's latest hard-boiled series entry provides plenty of fast-paced action and smart sidekick repartee from Rick's part-time partner Moira. While some background would have been nice, its absence does not hinder enjoyment of this solid book for new readers.

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