Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award-winning Author
A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.
Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.
He's still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she's taken for Rick's former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.
Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick's old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.
The stakes are raised when Rick's friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford
In Anthony Award winner Coyle's edgy seventh Rick Cahill novel (after 2019's Lost Tomorrows), the California PI, who was blinded nine months earlier by a gunshot wound, is trying to adjust to his new life, though he's heartened by signs that his sight is coming back. Against his better instincts, Rick agrees to help Moira MacFarlane, his friend and fellow PI, interview Turk Muldoon, his former best friend with whom he had a falling out, as part of a case. Rick and Moira meet Turk at the steak house Turk owns in La Jolla, where Turk gives the impression he's hiding something. When a murder related to the case occurs later, Turk becomes the prime suspect. Rick remains convinced of his friend's innocence, creating a rift with Moira. As the murder case works toward a surprising conclusion, readers will be pleased that Rick regains his confidence and his sight improves. Those unfamiliar with Rick's complicated backstory may feel lost at times, but established fans will enjoy catching up with an old friend.