Unlicensed P.I. Duck Darley has found a comfortable niche above the streets of Manhattan. But a desperate text from Cass Kimball, the partner Duck once took a bullet to protect, lures him back into sworn-off vices and the sinister world of professional sports . . .
Cass cries murder after her boyfriend tumbles to his death in the Catskills while researching the history of sports doping in East Germany during the Cold War. Following the brutal killing of a champion javelin thrower, Cass herself is arrested on charges of double homicide, leaving Duck on an impossible quest for answers. Caught between the illicit underbelly of competitive sports and the shadowy criminals stalking him, it’s sink or swim as Duck stumbles through a reckless investigation that endangers both his life and that of anyone he allows himself to hold dear.
“Here be the beginnings of a superb series.”
—Ken Bruen on Under Water
Barrett's over-the-top sequel to 2017's Under Water finds Duck Darley, a former competitive swimmer turned off-the-books PI, ostensibly employed as a tutor and swim instructor to the eight-year-old son of the wealthy divorcee with whom he lives in her Manhattan apartment. He gets a call from his one-time business partner, former professional dominatrix Cass Kimball, seeking his help with the death of her lover, journalist Victor Wingate, who was writing about the Olympic doping scandals of the former East Germany. Cass is sure that Victor's fall from the top of a waterfall near her house in the Catskills was no accident. This news sends Darley into a spiral of drinking, self-destructive behavior, and self-loathing, all of which is more than a little overdone. As Darley gets to the heart of the story Victor was pursuing, he must face various intimidating and cartoonish villains en route to the shocking climax. Scenes of peculiar sex and violence obscure a whodunit that would have been more effective with a lighter touch.
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I loved this second book by Casey Barrett - it was not only a page turner but gave me an insightful look into the global view of competitive sports.