Healy's creation, the reflective Boston-based private investigator John Cuddy, first caught our attention by doing homey, believable things like visiting his wife's grave and asking her advice. Eleven books into the series, Healy still manages to mix the homey touches with moments of high drama, keeping the balance perfect. When a woman banker hires Cuddy to check on her new lover's nonexistent past, he soon realizes the man is a protected government witness. Other writers would have left it there, but Healy builds an additional scaffold as intriguing as it is dangerous for everyone concerned. (Past Cuddy books: Act of God, Blunt Darts, Rescue, Right to Die, Shallow Graves, Foursome, So Like Sleep, Swan Dive, Yesterday's News). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
a lot of twists and turns, September 28, 2003 Reviewer: truthandjustice from USA I hadn't read any of his books before and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed his book. His characters are believable and John Cuddy, a private investigator, is a likable and more realistic character than you will find in many mystery books. A woman, who has fallen in love, has come to Cuddy to get his help to find out more about her lover, because he has been very reticent about disclosing any information about his past. One of her friends distrusts him and has advised her to check up on him. She doesn't want her boyfriend to find out that she is having him investigated. So Cuddy begins his search. In his investigation, he finds out that the man he is investigating is in the witness protection program. His client and her lover disappear and he has another mystery on his hands. The book has several twists and turns, just when you think you have it figured out, something else pops up. I enjoyed the book and will be reading more of his books to see if they are as good as this one.