Detective Jack Murphy never met a cold case he couldn't crack. This one's been on ice for 37 years. The prime suspect in a decades-old unsolved murder is about to be named Evansville's next Chief of Police. The Mayor wants the top cop's name cleared-and that's why Murphy and his partner, Liddell Blanchard, are ordered to re-open the investigation. But when the victim's sister and mother are targeted for violence, troubling new questions arise. Is this the work of the same killer, or is someone else playing a deadly game? The answers lie buried in the past. But no one digs through the dirt like Jack Murphy . . .
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the 8th outing for Detective Jack Murphy and this time he has a dangerous and baffling cold case to solve. Someone clearly does not want this case solved after 37 years and is going too great lengths to make sure it isn't, putting Jack and his pal Liddell in the line of fire....as they tend to be in most of these books! There is not a slow moment in the book and the fact that Rick Reed, the author, is a former real life cop adds to the authenticity and grittiness of the story. While you don't need to read these in order it does help to explain much of the background of these two so find some time and go back and read The Cruelest Cut, the first in the series. You won't be sorry! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy for review.
In the eighth book of the Jack Murphy series an excellent cast of characters return to investigate a cold case. The stakes are a little higher than normal, but not out of reach in this enjoyable whodnit.
Should Richard Dick become the next chief of police of Evansville, Indiana or is he did murder Max and escape justice for 37 years? That the question Jack Murphy and his partner Liddell Blanchard have to answer and it's not pretty. Talk about a cold case. Also one that's entwined with Murphy's own life. His digging sets off a villain who goes after Max's remaining family, who always insisted that Dick was guilty. I'd not read the earlier books in this series but was fine with this as a standalone. It's a well done procedural that clearly shows Reed's background in law enforcement. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.
The Cleanest Kill by Rick Reid Jack Murphy #8 Jack Murphy and Liddell Blanchard have been tasked with cleaning up a 37 year old cold murder case to make sure Deputy Chief of Police, Richard Dick, is either exonerated or found guilty of the murder of Max Day. Richard and Max were on the same football team, had a fight before a big game and by morning Max was dead. A murderer was never found and there was rumor that it was swept under the rug by Richard’s father who was on t he police force at the time of the murder. Jack and Liddell continue in this book much as they have in previous books with their friendly and irreverent back and forth as they work to solve the case. There is a bit of information shared on the personal lives of the two men and supporting characters make appearances. As they try to find out what is what there are assaults, murders and more that happen before the final showdown when the murderer is finally revealed. I enjoyed this story but it was not quite as gripping as the previous two books that I have read. I was less invested in this book for some reason but it was well written and well done...just liked the other two books in the series that I have read a wee bit better. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Lyrical-Underground for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars