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.