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Memorial Day: A Mick Callahan Novel (The Mick Callahan Novels Book 1) by [Shannon, Harry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harry Shannon (14 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DKK1GM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,129,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mick Callahan is a man with a mission - to get his life back on track. The once prosperous L.A. media "shrink" with the muscular arms and killer grin lost it all, the house, the women, the fame, the fortune. Booze, drugs and his own misguided ego left him bankrupt and disillusioned. Now sober and humbled by the necessity of accepting a low paying radio show "fill-in" job, he finds himself facing the Memorial Day weekend in the small desert town of Dry Wells, Nevada. The irony of the situation is not lost on Mick; he grew up not far from here on a small ranch in the high desert. It was a tough childhood being forced to fight with his fists by his father for money and he'd rather not remember it. He can't wait to finish his gig and "get outta Dodge." The plan is simple; field some calls, answer some questions, collect the measley $300 bucks, and drive back to L.A. But a young, very troubled female caller turns out to be the daughter of Lowell Palmer, the richest and most powerful rancher in the county. When she ends up dead at the "Memorial Day" picnic, Mick is pulled into a small-town "who-dunnit," where everyone is a suspect.

Ok, I have fallen in love with a man and i'm married to a woman! Mick Callahan is a character Harry Shannon has created and 'Memorial Day' is the first in the Mick Callahan series. Yay!!
You will quickly find yourself drawn to Mick and almost wanting to have a beer with him (or a soda) If I was ever in trouble, I sure as hell would like Mick to back me up.

The novel is full of suspense that won't let you stop turning the pages until you reach the end, the characters and plot are fantastic.
I can not stress how good the characters are and that is one thing I look for in a book and I have not been drawn to a great character like Mick before.
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This is the book that started the Mick Callahan series, a thrilling small town American noir effort from horror author Harry Shannon. Mick is a fascinating character, former Navy Seal washout, ex-drunk, media shrink, two-fisted and hot tempered. He searches for integrity and wrestles his own ego every step of the way, emerging far more heroic than he'd ever admit. The small town setting is crisply realized, and the use of Western images in the story telling makes this modern "gunslinger" story very effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first-class first mystery! 3 Jun. 2004
By Jonathan Reitan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Harry Shannon burst onto the scene with his first novel, Night of the Beast, in 2002. That book that put him on the map in the horror field, and was soon followed by the second, Night of the Werewolf. His horror trilogy, a tribute to classic 1980s pulp, will conclude in August, 2004 with Night of the Daemon. Now with Memorial Day (A Mick Callahan Novel) Shannon has yet again put his name on the map in a big way--this time in the mystery genre.

Mick Callahan, the troubled young protagonist, has led a fascinating life, one that mirrors author Shannon's own past as an actor, singer, Emmy-nominated songwriter and now counselor in private practice. A recovering alcoholic, ex-TV pop psychologist and a former Navy SEAL washout, Mick has returned to his hometown of Dry Wells, Nevada to host a radio talk show with high hopes of finally cleaning up his life. While out jogging, he comes across a dead body near a back alley dumpster, a crime the local sheriff apparently wants to cover up. When a distressed young girl who called his radio show is found murdered the very next day, Callahan is reluctantly persuaded to investigate the crimes on his own. Naturally, he immediately starts making enemies. To find the truth, Mick, who is a skilled therapist, must first probe into the lives of Dry Wells most respected residents. When he does, he ends up placing himself in several sticky situations.
This clever noir tale which ultimately leads up to one wild, climactic ending that takes place on Memorial Day is a fast paced read with unforgettable characters and several exciting plot twists. It not only comes recommended to mystery fans, but also to fans of Harry's past intoxicating and pleasurable horror genre novels. In fact, Harry Shannon's debut mystery novel screams for another installment featuring the loveable Mick Callahan.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid thriller 15 July 2004
By Jeff Mariotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Harry Shannon has pulled off a terrific thriller with Memorial Day, with echoes of James Lee Burke--vivid characters, connections from the past rising up in the present, compelling suspense. Let's keep our fingers crossed for more Mick Callahan.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NO SUNNYBROOK FARM CRAP 25 Jun. 2004
By Kenneth Epstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Memorial Day rocks. This is my first Harry Shannon book and I am hooked. There are no little girls or horses having fun (I don't understand the comparison, someone thinking they are cute).There is crime , mystery, great settings, and a really good story. I thought the book was well paced and I look foward to more from Mr. Shannon.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and very entertaining 13 Aug. 2004
By David Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The writing is tight, focused, and filled with colorful, vivid character and setting descriptions. Strong character and plot development that definitely winds together very well by the end. Mick Callahan has enough depth and emotion to make for a great series of novels. Hope to see more from him.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New amateur sleuth on the block! 10 Jun. 2004
By W. D. Gagliani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Harry Shannon keeps the tone just melancholy enough, and the pace lively. Mick, the reluctant sleuth with a past to overcome; Jerry - nerd with a new cause; and Mick's long-distance but very helpful sponsor, all make for an intriguing investigative team. You almost wish they'd just open up an office already, but the crime-solving isn't Shannon's only subject. Taking his own experience as a therapist and applying it to the explosively dysfunctional small-town dynamic allows him to make some Chandlerian observations regarding his environment, imbuing it with an almost Lynchian decadence that, while by no means completely original, still has the power to enthrall, illuminating the dark side of the human condition while entertaining with more than enough crime and violence to make one forget the traditional big city as noir setting ... Shannon's first mystery signals a new arrival on those wet noir streets, where the gumshoe's conscience is stronger than his greed and whose calling is tilting at windmills. Mick's the sort who goes from suspect to suspect, pretending he knows more than he does, painting a bullseye on his own back. And that's pretty hard-boiled after all. Let's hope he doesn't resurrect his TV career just yet - he should have several investigations left in him after this exhausting case. You'd like to have a beer with Mick Callahan, except that he'd have a soda because he's in the program. Memorial Day reads like a smooth whiskey with a beer back (if you're not in the program). -- From my review at The Chiaroscuro
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