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Jeremiah F. Healy

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Jun 1986
Detective John Francis Cuddy is hired to find the missing son of a noted Massachusetts judge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To put it bluntly, not bad 7 July 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on
"Blunt Darts" is the first novel in Jerimiah Healy's John Cuddy private detective series. As such it's a good effort. I am a huge fan of private detective novels and this was my first Cuddy effort. I would rank it in the middle of the pack among such novels. It has some elements that make these novels great. The hero is world weary and lonely, having recently lost his wife. The story has some good hardboiled elements and the ending takes shome shocking turns. On the downside is Healy's use of two overused elements, The Rich Family with Dark Secrets, and The Corrupt Small Town Police Force. Quite frankly, a lot of private detective writers seem tohave a pathological dislike for rich people and small town cops. Overall, this isn't a bad start to the series, but here's hoping that later stories are more intersting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good consistent Writer.. 30 Oct 2012
By Marcia Cham, author of You Mean I Have to Look at the Body?! - Published on
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I love Healy's work. I love how he creates his story and follows it through. I highly recommend his body of works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boston mystery 7 May 2014
By DK - Published on
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This was a great book. It has a good but flawed hero, plenty of twists and turns, and it's set in my hometown. It reminds me of the Spenser mysteries by Robert B. Parker.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 30 Aug 2013
By Dominick Peluso - Published on
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I think the author was an influence on Robert B. Parker. The protagonist is the anti-hero, smart and determined but able to be duped.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 25 Jan 2013
By David A. Freas - Published on
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After having readI several later books and a slew of short stories in this series starring John Francis Cuddy, it's good to see how it all started.

This first book in the series lacked the fine polish later ones had but that's to be expected in a first effort.

Cuddy, jobless after refusing to sign a bogus claim for the insurance company he worked for and still a little off-kilter from the death of his wife, takes on the search for a missing 14-year-old boy. The only problem is it seems no one wants him found except for his doting grandmother. His father, in fact, uses his position as a powerful judge, some hired muscle, and a 'captive' police force to stop Cuddy.

The final twist is surprising yet believable but I felt the ending could have been a little stronger.
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