Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman
G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1/26/16
eBook Review copy, 368 pages
Gus Murphy Series #1
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman is a very highly recommended detective novel and the start of a new series.
Gus Murphy has had a bad couple of years and his life still seems to be
spiraling downward. He was a Suffolk County cop, happily married with
two kids and a house on Long Island, but after his son tragically,
unexpectedly dies, his life is in shambles. Now he's retired from the
force, divorced, and working as a security guard and courtesy driver for
a run-down hotel, where he also lives. He's still mourning his son and
the disintegration of his marriage and family. He tries to keep busy so
he doesn't have to think. Thinking means remembering and Gus doesn't
want to remember or think about what he's lost.
When ex-con Tommy Delcamino finds Gus and asks for his help, he tells
Gus it is because Gus is the only cop who he ever trusted. Tommy's son
T.J. was brutally tortured and murdered, his body left in a vacant lot.
County PD doesn’t seem interested in pursuing the case and Tommy wants
answers. He offers Gus all the money he has. Gus's first reaction is
anger, thinking that Tommy came to him because of his son's death, but
later circumstances cause him to start asking a few questions and
looking into T.J.'s murder.
What Gus doesn't know until he is already involved in the case, is that
he has inserted himself into a case where everyone seems to have
something to hide. And it is becoming dangerous, even deadly, for anyone
who asks questions or seems too interested in this case. Gus fights
through his own personal demons and pain to find out what really
happened. His investigation brings him into contact with a cast of bad,
bad dudes and his life is on the line.
Where It Hurts is a totally engrossing novel and portends a great
new series that I'd certainly follow. Coleman does an excellent job
with the character of Gus. He has captured the nature of a man who is in
mourning and unable to move on with his life after the tragedy that
struck his life until circumstances force him to start thinking and
interacting with people again. This is a well written, descriptive novel
with a tight plot, and plenty of action and clues to follow. The cast
of characters, while long, are easy to keep track of because they are so
well defined as individuals. The ending was great, with an eye for
future investigations and maybe some healing for Gus.
This is a winner for me and I'm thrilled that it is the start of a new
series. Perfect stuck-overnight-at-the-airport book. You won't even know
time has passed - but make sure you have another book with you because
you're going to be racing through this one!
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of G.P. Putnam's Sons for review