The Last Best Hope (Matthew Hope Series #13)by Ed McBain
Middle-aged Jack Lawton leaves his Calusa Florida home and heads north to look for work. Instead he finds another woman. His wife Jill is furious and wants out and alimony. First, though, she must find her errant husband. It's a case attorney Matthew Hope's associates can handle with their private eyes shut. But that's before a corpse turns up on a Calusa beach with Jack Lawton's ID in his pocket.
Meet the Author
With a writing career that spanned five decades, Ed McBain (1926-2005), the nom de plume of Evan Hunter, was the author of over 100 books, including his 87th Precinct series set in a fictional borough of New York City. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. He was the first American writer to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writer Association’s most prestigious award, and he was also the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master award.
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This was a quick, easy read with down-to-earth dialogue and a very interesting plot. I did find the flashbacks a bit distracting, but necessary, I suppose. What is nice about the book is that a(nother) crime is to be committed and the suspense about this builds up throughout the entire book...keeps you on the edge of your seat!
There may be a message in this title, it may be the last one featuring Matthew Hope. This is an easy read as are most McBain works, the action is fast paced, though it is still possible to pick up and put down. Hope is hired to find a missing husband by a wife who wants a divorce. The husband, Jack Lawton, left Florida the previous year and Jill has had no word from him for months though a friend saw him up north with another woman. The action in this novel is intricate and follows the investigation in the north and the South as well as the activities of the criminals.