In the aftermath of a mystery magazine publisher's untimely murder, Ann Arbor detective Elizabeth Waishkey wonders if David Loogan, a man with a violent past who was having an affair with the victim's wife, is responsible for the crime or an ally who could help her to solve the case. Reprint.
Clever, always a little on-edge, and with a tight-lipped style that provokes as many questions as it answers--Harry Doland's novel reads much like his main character. David Loogan has only been in Ann Arbor a few months. Trying to keep a low profile, he's hiding from a mysterious dark past that readers only get hints about--David doesn't like being out after dark, he's changed his name, and in the opening scene, the image of him stabbing the flirtatious cashier in the throat flashes through his mind. But his quiet is broken when he stumbles upon the GRAY STREETS mystery magazine and without even trying lands an editorial job. David slips into a friendly-ish relationship with the founder, Tom, and his wife Laura. Shortly after enlisting David's help in a sketchy task involving a body, Tom winds up dead, and David becomes the investigating detective's prime suspect. This debut is devilish noir, smart and entertaining.
- Mystery + Crime, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Human Qualities + Behavior, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary
- Berkley Pub. Group
- June 16, 2010
- June 16, 2010
- Harry Dolan