Lost Tomorrows

Oceanview. (Rick Cahill, Bk. 6). Dec. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781608092451. $26.95; pap. ISBN 9781608093632. $16. M
PI Rick Cahill is haunted by his wife’s murder 14 years ago. A young cop at the time, he was also exiled from the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) after being wrongfully accused of the crime. Though innocent, Rick is still weighed down by guilt. The night of the murder, he was in bed with another woman, his SBPD partner Krista Landingham. Now Krista is dead, struck by a van in the middle of the night. A quick trip to Santa Barbara for her funeral becomes much more when Krista’s sister, Leah, hires Rick to investigate. Leah also hires former detective Jim Grimes, who arrested Rick for murder years ago and still thinks he’s guilty. The unlikely partners discover that Krista’s death might not have been accidental and could even be linked to the murder of Rick’s wife.
VERDICT Coyle’s sixth “Rick Cahill” novel (following Wrong Light) will please noir enthusiasts with its staccato prose, evocative descriptions, and hard-nosed protagonist. Readers new to the series can still enjoy this book as a compelling stand-alone mystery, and enticingly vague references to previous books make a strong case for checking out Rick’s past adventures.

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