FICTION

Night Tremors

Oceanview. Jun. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781608091492. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608091508. F
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Rick Cahill is uneasy in his new profession as a private investigator. A former cop whose wife was brutally killed years ago, he has never escaped the stigma that he got away with murder. Now Rick spends his nights as a Peeping Tom, photographing the indiscretions of La Jolla's married class. Feeling dirty, Rick's ready for a change, and fate ushers in Texas attorney Timothy Buckley. Buckley pleads with Rick to help him free Randall Eddington, who was found guilty of savagely murdering his own family. Rick's investigations put him back in the crosshairs of the police, who still believe he's guilty of his wife's murder, and may very well cost him his last remaining friend from the past.
VERDICT Coyle doesn't disappoint in this sophomore entry after the Anthony Award-winning Yesterday's Echoes. In this tale we find all the elements that garnered the first book such high praise: complex characters, snappy dialog, a fast-paced plot, and a clever blending of crime noir tropes with today's culture. The gods seem to take delight in persecuting Rick Cahill, but readers will relish this fast-paced and complex whodunit.

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