Introducing homicide detective Daniel Turner and his troubled friend 'BB' in the first of this atmospheric crime noir series.
Summoned by his old friend, homicide detective Daniel Turner, to identify the trussed-up, naked body of a woman, found wrapped in cellophane amongst a pile of garbage on Blue Avenue, a down-at-heel area of Jacksonville, Florida, businessman William Byrd or ‘BB’ is in for a shock. He recognises the dead woman as Belinda Mabry, the girl with whom he spent an intense and passionate summer twenty-five years before. What’s more, as Daniel informs him, she’s the third victim to have met such a hideously gruesome end.
Determined to find out what happened to Belinda Mabry and where she’d been for the past twenty-five years, BB must revisit his own troubled past – and discover more than he ever really wanted to know about the woman he once loved. But his investigations are causing serious ripples amongst prominent members of the local community. Has BB found himself on a road of no return?
About the Author
Michael Wiley was brought up in Chicago, and now teaches literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of three previous novels in the Chicago-based Joe Kozmarski PI series
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“The ground beyond the grass clearing became soft and dropped into a shallow black-water swamp. We trudged ankle-deep past cypress knees, over roots, sludge and God knows what as the sun dipped low and the woods darkened. Night birds whisked through the branches. “You know what lives in this swamp?” I said. Once or twice a year, visiting northerners, men hunting without permit, or hikers found themselves deep in the wetlands and got bitten by a snake or something else invisible and poisonous, and the sheriff’s department airlifted them out – those who had cellphones. Those without cellphones crawled out themselves or didn’t.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an unusual and highly captivating book. The characters are not superheroes but flesh and blood human beings, warts and all. The story is fascinating and full of twists and turns. Concepts of good and evil, right and wrong have no place here. The suspense builds as the story continues, and resolutions appear and fade as time continues. In one sense this is a love story, the story of a love that lived alone for twenty-five years and still drove several of the characters to dramatic changes in their lives. I hope this will be a series, because it is very interesting and entertaining. I recommend it to you.
I was engrossed after five pages in this well written, entertaining and captivating P. I. novel. I am a sucker for a new character with definite series potential. The ambiance is not sweetness and light. If you like dark and twisty, buy this as soon as possible. I understand that he has another entry coming in November 2015. Too bad, I would read it today if it was available.