Better than ever,
By A Customer
This review is from: Spiral (John Francis Cuddy Mystery): A John Francis Cuddy Mystery / Jeremiah Healy. (Hardcover)
Private Investigator John Cuddy drops his beloved Nancy Meagher at Boston's Logan Airport so the Suffolk County prosecutor can attend an educational conference in San Francisco. However Flight 133 crashed, probable cause being El Nino. Nancy was reported dead with her body not recovered.
Still recovering from the shock, John goes to Florida where he meets an old buddy from his military police days in Saigon. Justo Vega asks John to help the "Skipper", their former Commanding Officer Nicholas Helides. Apparently, Nicholas believes someone murdered his teenage granddaughter, even though the official report and the media believe the girl accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool. Skipper wants Nicholas to uncover the identity of the killer.
The thirteenth Cuddy novel is an interesting, well-written tale that refreshes the series as the lead protagonist SPIRALs into a much darker novel than usual. The story line rips the guts open on the characters
exposing their raw energies and dire emotions. John is included in exposing his rawest nerves even as he remains a caring, grieving individual. Jeremiah Healy has written one of the better albeit gloomiest entries in a tremendous series.
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