Night Watch

Severn House. (Michael Cassidy, Bk. 3). May 2019. 304p. ISBN 9780727888679. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781448302048. M
OrangeReviewStarIn 1956, New York City police detective Michael Cassidy handles a series of Cold War-related investigations while trying to discover who is attempting to kill him. Before he can even investigate the death of a driver of a hansom cab in Central Park, someone tries to push him in front of a subway train. When a biochemist throws himself through a window in the Astor Hotel, the stories told by several of the man's acquaintances don't add up. As Cassidy, along with a New York Post reporter, probes and asks questions, the same people seem to pop up—people with powerful ties to the CIA. What's the connection between a sniper shooting at Cassidy and his brother's disappearance? The police procedural/thriller is a grim story of the CIA's mind experiments with LSD and other drugs administered to unsuspecting subjects from 1953 through the 1960s. While Cassidy may uncover some killers, the government wipes away newspaper stories, and any relations to deaths or killers.
VERDICT Fans of James R. Benn's "Billy Boyle" novels will appreciate this fast-paced, intense story by the Edgar Award-nominated author of Night Life and Night Work. The action-packed account of investigations into the controversial CIA experiments is suspenseful and frightening.

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