Lost Tomorrows by Matt Coyle
Oceanview Publishing: 12/3/19
eBook review copy; 368 pages
Rick Cahill #6
Lost Tomorrows by Matt Coyle is a highly recommended noir whodunit featuring a troubled private investigator and the sixth book in the series.
San Diego P. I. Rick Cahill receives a phone call learning that his
former partner on the Santa Barbara Police Department, Krista
Landingham, is dead. When Rick goes to the funeral, his past is ever
present and thrust into his face by the officers attending the funeral.
His wife, Colleen, was murdered in the city and Rick was considered
guilty by the police, but certain key people, like his former partner,
knew he could not have been the guilty party. Now Leah, Krista's sister,
wants Rick to assist another P.I. and look into her sister's death. She
thinks Krista's death was murder, not an accident. Rick soon begins to
wonder if Krista's death is somehow linked to Colleen's death because she had just reopened and started investigating the cold case.
This is my first Rick Cahill mystery and I could easily follow the
backstory of the first person narrative without reading the other books
in the series. What happened in his past is either explained if it is
important to the plot and/or hinted at if it involves his character and
background. The premise is set up immediately and the action escalates.
The case is carefully presented and you can follow the twists and leads
clearly as the investigation unfolds. The chapters are short and
concise, helping move the plot along quickly.
Rick is a well-developed character and Coyle presents all his
strengths and flaws. He is likely clinically depressed, but he is also
an intelligent, attentive investigator who will follow any leads. Rick
shows vulnerability and a hesitation to open himself up to any
relationship as he doesn't think he deserves any happiness. This book
could easily entice readers to read the previous books in the series to
try an unlock more of what caused Rick's damaged psyche.
My review copy was courtesy of Oceanview Publishing.