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Blunt Darts Paperback – Jun 1986

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Popular Library; Reprint edition (Jun. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445202106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445202108
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,457,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. M. T. Peters on 2 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
A writer friend of mine likes the work of Jeremiah Healy, who recently committed suicide, finding his work superior to that of the great Robert B Parker, on his private eye, Spenser. I disagree. Healy writes about his private eye, John Cuddy, who, like Spenser, operates in Boston. Healy also refers to Parker, and Spenser, in his novels. I find Healy's writing much coarser than Parker's, there are passages that feel like meander fruitlessly, as though the writer is taking a breather while continuing to type. Healy, like many writers, needs a good editor, apparently an expense too far for many publishers today.
So, not a great book, though many reviewers disagree with me. To be fair, Healy's work was nominated fifteen times for Shamus Awards, and this, his first novel, was also the first to be so nominated.
This is the one about Cuddy looking for the missing son of a judge, who appears not to want him found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To put it bluntly, not bad 7 July 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on
Format: Paperback
"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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
A satisfying mystery read 28 July 2014
By Leslie N. Patino - Published on
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Protagonist John Cuddy has recently lost his wife and his job with an insurance company. Makes sense to become a private investigator, right? Actually, in Cuddy’s case, he has some good background for the job, having served in Vietnam during the war and in the military police. He had worked his way up to head of the claims division for the insurance company before being pushed out because he refused to take part in something unethical. When a female teacher acquaintance calls regarding a highly intelligent student who has disappeared, Cuddy is off to investigate. His quest to find the 14-year-old immediately launches Cuddy into intrigue, danger and romance.

The results are an entertaining read. Healy does a great job of steadily deepening the mystery and developing a complex web of backstories for his characters. In turn, the reader’s perception of the characters and the who-done-it continues to morph. Healy kept me guessing until the very end as to who would ultimately be revealed as the guiltiest party—through Cuddy’s hard work and exceptional detective skills, of course.

Originally published in 1984, the book does have a somewhat dated feel at times, but strong storytelling and a good-guy protagonist who the reader wants to root for never go out of style.
Tremendously clever ending 21 Sept. 2014
By Patto - Published on
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A fourteen-year-old boy genius disappears, and his father, a powerful local judge, seems not to be eager to find him. His mother died in mysterious circumstances that make us suspect the worst. A cop who works for the judge goes around threatening people if they show any curiosity about the death. The boy's grandmother hires John Cuddy to find the boy.

Cuddy is an engaging private eye, previously an insurance company investigator. He talks to his dead wife at her grave, and feels he's getting good advice. He drinks a little too much, but also makes an effort to stay in shape. His methods are thorough and imaginative, but he's very human. He makes some serious mistakes in this investigation.

Blunt Darts is Jeremiah Healy's first novel, published in 1984. I enjoyed Healy's narrative style, which is unpretentious and straightforward, with an edge of tough. The ending really caught me by surprise. i intend to read more by this author.
Fast Moving and Enjoyable 9 Jan. 2015
By L. Meadows - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was smooth and quick, flowing well. I read the book in 2 sittings. It was fast paced and interesting. The people were real and the setting authentic. I've been to Boston and I recognized several locations. The lead character, John Cuddy was a great tough (but not unbelievable tough) P.I. I liked him, and will read the other books in this series. The book seemed like it might be somewhat predictable, but wasn't at all. I didn't guess the ending until I got there. However, that was also the weakest spot. Once the mystery was solved, the book ended very abruptly. I felt like I had just been dropped. period.
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