When the world is trying to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, some people resort to developing a propensity to do strange things for strange reasons. Rationality and common sense goes out of the window. Worst yet, the most base level of our complex humanity brings out the monster we try hard to hide.
It’s a hot July summer full of frugal fatigue, anxiety about the future and extra-long days of worry. News from around the world, as well as your own neighborhood, never seems to get better.
Enter Forrest Greenley: husband, small businessman and private investigator, who has not had a good cash flow in nearly nine months now. Were it not for odd-end jobs and support from his wife Tariah, he wouldn't know where such challenging times would lead him. But no matter how bad things get, the San Diego private eye always strives to do the right thing.
“The Safe of Old Lies” begins with the resurfacing of an old friend not seen in years, who introduces Forrest to a new client in desperate need of his investigative services. A retired librarian’s personal safe is burglarized while she's away from home. As Forrest reluctantly delves into the new case, he finds out that this is only the beginning of woes for the blue-haired elderly woman. While she is hospitalized, her house is mysteriously set on fire; a philanthropic barber is found murdered inside of his own apartment; and an auctioneer’s shady business operations finally reveals the prime perpetrator behind these deadly events, someone whom Forrest least suspects to leave such clueless trails.
“The Safe of Old Lies” is a good read for anyone who loves a cocktail of calculated deception, predictive dreams, and the lines we’ll sometimes cross to take desperate measures in desperate times.