Matt Jacob is one of the most original and compelling characters in crime fiction, and he returns In Two Way Toll, Zachary Klein's follow up to Still Among the Living, a New York Times Notable book. Before Matt Jacob became a private detective, he was a social worker in The End--home to Boston's hopeless and helpless. When a ragged figure from his past shows up, Matt winds up back in the Combat Zone--but this time, his chances of getting out again are much slimmer. Now Matt faces demons from his past as well as a psychopath bent on killing him when he investigates two ominously similar deaths occurring twenty years apart. Matt disturbs more than one ghost as he spirals down a path of drugs, sex, and violence into the mysteries of his own past.
About the Author
As a VISTA volunteer, Zachary Klein co-founded The Peoples' School in Uptown Chicago. He moved to Boston in 1971 where he worked at Project Place, a worker-run social service collective. When Klein left, he was hired by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to train their employees in advanced counseling. He followed that by providing counseling to individuals and couples for nearly 15 years.
Subsequent to his work as a counselor, Klein wrote the critically acclaimed Matt Jacob Mystery novels before moving on to become a trial and jury consultant for a number of national law firms. He also served as a consultant for a local court-appointed attorney for the indigent.
He’s currently writing new Matt Jacob novels. His website and blog can be found at:
Klein still lives in Boston with his partner Susan E. Goodman, a children’s book author. He has two great sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zachary Klein can really spin a tale! I read this in two great gulps because i found the storytelling so compelling, and the characters are powerfully present - I feel like I know some of these people. Gritty yes. Seamy sometimes. The music is part jazz part sixties acid rock part tavern jukebox. Big question is... when do we see number four?
I am sorry to say, I found very little in this author's writing to feel it worth my time to read his work. There was far too much profanity and constant drug usage. I wasn't sure if he was promoting his book or pushing drug usage and condoning a lower level of life-style. The story line perhaps would have been OK if the constant language and drug usage hadn't detracted so much. I appreciate the generosity of the author in offering his book to a giveaway and I am certain he is a good person, but I feel it would enhance his success in writing if he would limit these to problems and use more creativity in his writing. I won this book but I doubt I will ever read another of his books.