The Darkest Game

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Publisher Description

The past is steeped in blood.

Bad things happen every day. No one knows this better than LAPD Detective Tully Jarsdel. He also knows that bad things often go unpunished—all it takes is a glance at his dusty stack of cold cases to see that time is kind to sinners.

A museum curator is found shot point-blank, his home torn apart. It's the sort of random crime destined to fester in an evidence locker. But it's a case tailor-made for the academic turned detective—he can't leave any question unanswered. In pursuit of an untouchable killer, Jarsdel soon uncovers a web of fraud and corruption that leads him to sunny Catalina Island, Hollywood's bygone playground. There, nothing is as it should be: the past is ever-present, and Jarsdel unwittingly finds himself embroiled in a widespread conspiracy. While reckoning with a dark legacy, he'll exhume long-buried secrets of LA's troubled past and with it, deadly consequences.

A searing mystery from critically acclaimed author Joseph Schneider, The Darkest Game is a story about dread, greed, and anguish; how it spreads like rot, and how one detective struggles to keep it at bay.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 5
Sourcebooks, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Spankyliciousness ,

Classic LA mystery; modern setting

Joseph Schneider has created an intriguing version of the complicated homicide detective, and he has
written a contemporary version of a classic LA crime story, a la Chinatown, LA Confidential, and Devil in a Blue Dress. Detective Marcus Tullius (Tully) Jarsdel is certainly not a typical cop, but his unique background gives him a wide base of esoteric knowledge and a different way of looking at the world. That turns out to be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to solving crimes.

This book was very entertaining. I would recommend it to anybody who likes classic mystery stories, idiosyncratic characters, and a little subtle humor. I definitely look forward to reading more from this series.

Thanks to NetGalley, I received this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

!el2001 ,

Very rich!

A fine mystery coupled with an extraordinary cast of characters. Joseph Schneider has created a fascinating detective whose depth of knowledge of history and culture adds a level of interest not found in many books!
Getting to “know” Tully and his relationships with his dads and his detective partner (and with himself)is so satisfying that I’m really looking forward to the next in the series!

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