A phone call thrusts Rick Cahill’s past and all its tragic consequences into his present. Krista Landingham, his former partner on the Santa Barbara Police Department, is dead. When Rick goes to the funeral in the city where his wife was murdered and where he is seen as guilty for her death in the eyes of the police, he discovers that Krista’s death may not have been a tragic accident, but murder.
Coyle’s sixth Rick Cahill novel will please noir enthusiasts with its staccato prose, evocative descriptions, and hard-nosed protagonist. Readers new to the series can still enjoy this book as a compelling stand-alone mystery, and enticingly vague references to previous books make a strong case for checking out Rick’s past adventures.
... gives Coyle the opportunity to show off his flair for hard-boiled language ... There’s a really good detective plot, too, though the verbiage, entertaining as it is, may find some readers mumbling, 'Get on with it, man.' Still, for those who admire old-school PI style, there’s plenty to savor here.