“Readers won't be able to put this novel down. P.I. Gypsy Moran is the perfect blend of streetwise smartass and big-hearted nice guy…That Chandler Willis manages to much so much into one story, with well-rounded characters, is amazing in itself. This reviewer is hoping for future books.” RT Book Reviews , 4 1/2 stars
“This engrossing debut is told with a great eye for the gritty details of life in west Texas…and the twisty, compelling plot will keep readers hooked.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A compelling debut for a private investigatorpart Old West, part modern techiewhose code of honor is all his own.” Kirkus Reviews
“It's bright and hot and wide open like the west Texas plains where it is set, and it's funny and sexy. Odds are we'll be seeing more of Lynn Chandler Willis, and maybe even Gypsy Moran as well.” The Oklahoman
“Gypsy and Tatum's relationship is a well-drawn emotional hook, and the solid investigation, combined with well-timed humor, should create a following for this PWA First Private Eye Novel Competition winner.” Booklist
“The real-life town of Wink, Tex., provides the setting for Willis's promising debut… Readers will want to see more of Gypsy, a nice combination of brains, brawn, and bravery.” Publishers Weekly
“A terrific mystery with a Texas twang! Authentic and touching, this well-written page-turner shines with its own brand of western justice.” Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan
“P.I. Gypsy Moran's blasting out of Vegas on the run but finds he can't escape his past when he returns to his hometown in this high octane tale of hot new love, smoldering first love, murder, and betrayal. Wink of an Eye flies by in the 'wink of an eye' in this fast paced thriller set on the hot, dusty Texas plains. I eagerly await Gypsy's next adventure.” Paul D. Marks, Shamus award-winning author of White Heat
“In Wink of an Eye Lynn Chandler Willis writes with fearless realism and creates characters you'll never forget. I predict private investigator Michael "Gypsy" Moran has a long and trouble-filled series ahead of himlucky for readers. One of the most cohesive and entertaining mysteries I've ever read.” Donnell Ann Bell, bestselling author of Betrayed.
“Lynn Chandler Willis perfectly captures the tense atmosphere of a small community where corruption flourishes and good people feel helpless to stop it. Investigator Gypsy Moran is a southwestern cousin to Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight, a flawed but likable Everyman who pushes himself past the danger point to find justice for victims who can't defend themselves. Wink of an Eye is a winning blend of small town mystery and private eye suspense.” Sandra Parshall, author of Poisoned Ground
“Small-town Texas, big-time crime. That's what private-eye Gypsy Moran finds when he comes home to Wink, Texas. Murder disguised as suicide, a cop shot in the back, and an old sweetheart are just the beginning of the problems Moran encounters. Lynn Chandler Willis knows her way around a plot, and her characters and setting ring true. Wink of an Eye is a fine debut, and I hope it's just the beginning for Willis and Gypsy Moran.” Bill Crider, author of Compound Murder
“Wink of An Eye creates an entertaining, mannerly, yet bad-boy PI character we wish we'd met in real life in our single, unattached days, because to meet him now would be way too tempting. Gypsy Moran draws out laughter, empathy, and romantic heat with the flip of a switch. Lynn Chandler Willis writes with an easy flow, her dialogue catchy, the plot intricate enough to keep the pages turning.” C. Hope Clark, author of the Carolina Slade mystery series
Leaving Las Vegas just steps ahead of an angry mobster, a private eye runs into equally big trouble back home in Willis' (The Rising, 2013, etc.) latest mystery. Years after leaving behind his high school sweetheart, Claire Kinley, to escape tiny Wink, Texas, Gypsy Moran has holed up in his sister Rhonda's house in Wink. Before Gypsy has time to drink a cup of coffee, Rhonda insists that he investigate the death of Ryce McCallen, a deputy with the Winkler County Sheriff's Department. Ryce's young son, Tatum, is sure his father didn't hang himself, and his insurance policy won't pay out on a suicide. So a reluctant Gypsy agrees to take a look at the file Ryce had on eight missing teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants with families afraid to complain. Even before he died, Ryce was involved in another unsolved case when his father, Burke, also a police officer, was shot in the back and partially paralyzed. Gypsy soon sees that the local police never bothered to look into the case of the missing girls, and the job they did on Ryce's death was at best sloppy and at worst a cover-up. When Gypsy runs into Claire, who'd wanted nothing more than to stay in Wink and help run her father's spread, the K-Bar Ranch, their love, or lust, is rekindled even though Claire now has a husband. Gypsy enlists the help of lovely reporter Sophia Ortez by promising her a big story. Together, they plumb the depths of corruption in the sheriff's department. It's worse than they imagined. And it involves an awful lot of people, maybe even Claire, who's related to a deputy who seems willing to go to great lengths to hide any wrongdoing. A compelling debut for a private investigator—part Old West, part modern techie—whose code of honor is all his own.
The tiny town of Wink, TX, is a far cry from Las Vegas, but private investigator Michael Moran (known as Gypsy) has to hightail it out of Vegas when a case he was working on goes south. Gypsy shows up at his sister Rhonda's house and is immediately drawn into the suspicious suicide of Ryce McCallen, a former Wink police deputy. Tatum, Ryce's 12-year-old son, is convinced his dad would not have killed himself. As Gypsy investigates, he learns that years earlier Tatum's policeman grandfather, Beck, was shot and disabled while on patrol. Meanwhile several teenage girls, all of them undocumented immigrants, have gone missing from Wink. Uncovering the connections between the three crimes, Gypsy learns that life in a small Texas town is just as corrupt as that in any big city. The police chief has his own problems and the department is being run by two inveterate bullies. And to top it off, Gypsy is sucked back into a relationship with a high school sweetheart, whom he has learned can't be trusted. VERDICT Winner of Minotaur's PWA Best First Private Eye novel competition, this engrossing debut is told with a great eye for the gritty details of life in west Texas. The setting is extremely well done, and the twisty, compelling plot will keep readers hooked. Gypsy is a likable hero, but his sexual exploits will be his downfall. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's "Pushing Boundaries" mystery feature, LJ 4/15/14.]