"A new master mystery writer emerges."--Forbes Magazine
One cryptic clue leads a desperate man into a labyrinthine puzzle of murder in the electrifying new novel from national bestselling author Harry Dolan.
There's a killer, and he wears a crooked hat.
Private investigator Jack Pellum has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife--a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora. Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yield no leads. Then a local writer commits suicide, and he leaves a bewildering message that may be the first breadcrumb in a winding trail of unsolved murders . . .
Michael Underhill is a philosophical man preoccupied by what-ifs and could-have-beens, but his life is finally coming together. He has a sweet and beautiful girlfriend, and together they're building their future home. Nothing will go wrong, not if Underhill has anything to say about it. The problem is, Underhill has a dark and secret past, and it's coming back to haunt him.
These two men are inexorably drawn together in a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye, and nothing can be taken for granted. Filled with devious reversals and razor-sharp tension, The Man in the Crooked Hat is a masterwork from "one of America's best new crime writers" (Lansing State Journal).
Dolan reveals the killer's identity in chapter one of his latest, making it a whydunit, complete with twists and surprises aplenty. The characters offer reader Richards the chance to strut his stuff, and he doesn't disappoint. The protagonist, Detroit ex-cop Jack Pellum, who Richards gives a deep, raspy voice, has devoted nearly two years of his life searching for a fedora-wearing man whom he saw eyeing his wife, Olivia, shortly before her murder. The obsession has cost him his job and maybe some of his sanity, but it's starting to produce results, leading him toward the killer, Michael Underhill. Jack is driven and haunted, but always sympathetic, even when rudely refusing help from friends and his father, a powerful federal judge who expresses genuine empathy and love for his son. For the killer, an unruffled, pragmatic hit man, Richards uses a soft, quiet, thoughtful voice that's tender in the presence of his girlfriend. As Jack proceeds to an inevitable confrontation with Underhill, meeting an assortment of people, Richards's vocal range stretches from youthful brashness to aged croak. The multifaceted vocal performance accentuates Dolan's fully realized characters, making this a satisfying audiobook. A Putnam hardcover.
The man with the crooked hat
Difficult to follow.
Lost my way and had to regroup several times
Skipped through many times