San Diego Writer's Festival Mystery Writer of the Year for 2021
Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award-winning Author
Will Rick Cahill survive an insidious disease long enough to see his first-born child—or will sadistic killers murder him first?
Rick Cahill is finally living a settled, happy life. His fiancée, Leah Landingham, is pregnant with their first child and he is doing PI work that pays well and keeps him out of danger. Then a doctor gives him the bad news about the headaches he's been suffering—CTE, the pro football disease that leads to senility and early death—a secret he keeps from Leah and his best friend Moira MacFarlane.
When Moira asks him to monitor her son, Luke—who's broken a restraining order to stay away from his girl-friend—a simple surveillance explodes into greed, deceit, and murder. Luke goes missing, and Rick's dogged determination compels him to follow clues that lead to the exploration of high finance and DNA cancer research.
Ultimately, Rick is forced to battle sadistic killers as he tries to find Luke and stay alive long enough to see the birth of his child.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford
While all of the novels in the Rick Cahill PI Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Rick Cahill's extreme physical and emotional vulnerability is on full display in Shamus Award winner Coyle's superior eighth outing for the La Jolla, Calif., PI (after 2020's Blind Vigil). The violence in Rick's past has left him with possible brain damage that could result in dementia and early death. He hasn't told his fianc e, Leah, though, because her miracle pregnancy offers them hope of a good family life together. The last thing he needs is a case that could demand physical exertion yet he privately admits that he needs the rush of real detective work. So he agrees to help his best friend, fellow PI Moira MacFarlane, make sure her 24-year-old computer whiz son, Luke, isn't violating a restraining order from Luke's girlfriend. What starts as a simple surveillance case becomes a lot more complicated after Luke's boss is found murdered in his office, and Luke vanishes. The stakes rise after Rick is savagely beaten by two hardened ex-military thugs, who warn him to stop probing. Readers will cheer as Rick pushes on, fighting episodes of disorientation. Contemporary hard-boiled PI novels don't get any better than this. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc.