Blind Vigil PDF/EPUB Þ Kindle Edition

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    Blind Vigil PDF/EPUB Þ Kindle Edition needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darknessPerfect for fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford ."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • Blind Vigil (The Rick Cahill Series)
  • Matt Coyle
  • 21 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Blind Vigil (The Rick Cahill Series)

  1. Dave Dave says:

    Blind Vigil is the seventh book in Coyle's Rick Cahill private investigator series. Oddly enough, San Diego has hosted only a relative few detective series over the years. But now, the Cahill series has firmly set modern San Diego (primarily the La Jolla area) as a great location for private eye fare. Like old time series, Cahill is not on the best of terms with the local law enforcement, has one or two good buddies, and is haunted by his past, which includes once being accused of his wife's murder. This novel begins where the last one left off with Cahill now blind and learning to cope with simply functioning and getting around. He can't really operate as a private eye or can he? Coyle does a masterful job of capturing Cahill dealing with his lost eyesight, finding himself reliant on his other senses, and dealing with the fact that no one seems to take his career seriously now. This novel has Cahill's best friend Turk in a jam and Cahill trying desperately to find answers as the exits all lockdown for his friend. This is a well-written book that moves along at a rapid pace.


  2. Monnie Monnie says:

    No doubt I sound like a broken record, but I really, really like this series. The central character, Rick Cahill, is the perfect combination of tough background and no-nonsense approach to his life and his job as a private detective (empathy, perhaps not so much). As this one begins, though, he's having a hard time; he's still recovering from being shot in the face nine months earlier, which, among other things, left him totally blind.

    He's not sure where his path will lead next, but given his condition, being a private eye is pretty much out of the question when neither of yours is working. But then he gets a call from old partner Moira MacFarlane, who tells him another old (but now estranged) friend Turk Moldoon wants to hire her to find out if his girlfriend Shay is cheating on him. Moira says she needs Rick's insights when she goes to interview Turk - if the man doesn't seem on the up and up, she doesn't want to take the case.

    Turk doesn't seem all that happy to see Rick again, but he's desperate to learn the truth about his girlfriend. Meantime, Rick must deal with his own issues that come with adjusting to blindness and a somewhat long-distance romance with his partner Leah. Soon, though, he's drawn into the case in a way he never expected as Turk finds himself the primary suspect in a murder case. Just about everyone involved, including Moira, think Turk is guilty. But Rick is certain his old friend isn't capable of such an act and sets out to prove it - even if he can't see his own hand in front of his mangled-up face.

    Much of the book focuses on how Rick deals with his injuries - and I must say to that end he's got amazing intestinal fortitude (I'm pretty sure I'd just hole up in my house and let the rest of the world pass me by unseen). Rick isn't one to feel sorry for himself, though - at least not when his friend is looking at a lifetime in prison. There's plenty of action, some of which puts Rick's life in danger, all making for a terrific adventure that made me sorry when I got to the end. Thanks once again to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.


  3. Judy Lesley Judy Lesley says:

    What happens to a man when his profession requires him to be observant of practically everything around him but his present reality is total blindness? Rick Cahill is a good private investigator even if he doesn't exactly play by all the legal rules of the game. He takes his job seriously and doesn't hesitate to slip over the line if it will benefit his client. Now Cahill has been nine months trying to recover from a gunshot wound which took his sight but almost took his life. How can a private eye have a profession without any vision? Well, he can let his friends help him as much as possible when he finds that his friend Turk Muldoon wants to hire someone to find out if his girlfriend is cheating on him.

    Cahill is the type of PI who gets things done and rubs folks wrong along his way to doing it. Lots of things in his past have made him the hard, tough guy he is now and he's learned those lessons along the way. In this book author Matt Coyle has added a new component - blindness - to kick up the tension throughout this story. Cahill begins to rely heavily on his other senses to get along in his daily life and in learning how to operate as an investigator again. Because others still rely on sight, Cahill has an almost impossible task of getting someone to believe in his Invisible Man.

    This story was well plotted and executed. My only point of negativism was the overload of repetition of things that had happened to Rick previously. Yes, I know, it was to give readers a full understanding of the man as he is now, but those are pretty easy concepts for a reader to pick up after one or, at the very most, two mentions. Less is definitely best for me in these cases.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for an e-galley of this novel.


  4. Toni Osborne Toni Osborne says:

    Rick Cahill series # 7

    What a great read this turned out to be. Although this is the 7th book in the series I had no trouble getting into it from the get-go Matt Coyle gives us snippets of what happened to his protagonist without lingering on his past and has masterfully moved forward his storyline with a blend of hard-boiled, noirish and a breath of fresh life to the PI tradition.

    Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a PI nine months ago Rick Cahill is still trying to start a new life. But when his one-time partner Moira MacFarlane asks for his help on a case he couldn’t refuse...as always when Rick is involved things always turns deadly....

    Mr. Coyle captured masterfully Cahill dealing with the loss of his eyesight and how he carries himself in the dark: he counts steps and is reliant on his others sense to move around. The mystery if told from the point of view of a blind person. I do have a weak spot for a first person narrative definitely my preferred style by a long shot.

    Without a murder we wouldn’t have a captivating mystery Oh yes, Shay gets killed and Turk, Cahill’s best friend is the main suspect ...but he doesn’t believe his friend could do such a thing...and we have police, lawyers, suspects, friends and oh yes the Invisible Man with the Dove underarm smell...all in the fray... to entertain us and they do captivate till the very last page.

    “Blind Vigil”, is well-written, fast-paced, has amazing and diverse characters and is a page turner very hard to put down. Excellent read.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.


  5. DP Lyle DP Lyle says:

    Another excellent story in this series--and so well written. I absolutely love the entire series. This is a 5-star all the way. Can't wait for the next one.


  6. Maria Maria says:

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
    A very satisfying read featuring a determined private investigator.
    I liked everything about “Blind Vigil”, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing): the dark, sarcastic wounded hero, who happens to be very affectionate and loyal with his friends, the well-developed characters, the suspense plotline with its underlying feelings of sadness and loss and the well written first person point of view.
    Rick Cahill is a great wounded hero and the cohesiveness the author brought to his blindness is awesome. We readers are always aware that the story is being told from the point of view of a blind person. Being deliberately vague here, I’ll just add that the progress is well written and believable, too, with a compelling focus on how Rick absorbs and deals with the changes.
    The various characters are all relatable and complex and added depth to the story. Turk is another delightful wounded male character, I really felt for him and how he was struggling with grief. I particularly loved Rick and Turk’s friendship, how they’re so affectionate and loyal to each other despite their conflicts. It reminded me how friendship can be such a powerful thing in our lives.


  7. Suanne Suanne says:

    Blind Vigil is the seventh book in Coyle's Rick Cahill private investigator series, but reads well as a stand-alone book with just enough back story splashed in to orient the reader. Cahill is not on the best of terms with the local law enforcement stemming from days when he was the primary suspect for his wife’s murder. He has one good male friend, Turk, who becomes involved in the murder of his fiancée. Cahill also has a new girlfriend, Leah, who has seen him through being shot in the face in Santa Barbara and the long road to recovery and learning to live with his blindness. In addition, a fellow PI, Moira, has worked with Cahill on a few cases. These are the primary characters in Blind Vigil.

    Cahill is a great wounded hero, and Coyle does a superb job of capturing Cahill’s efforts to deal with his lost eyesight, showing how he becomes reliant on his other senses and counts steps and uses his cane to get around. Cahill is a moody PI, tough, hard-boiled, and unapologetic, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. The secondary characters are well-developed. I enjoyed this one enough that I’ll have to backtrack to read books #1 through #6.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.


  8. Sheila Sobel Sheila Sobel says:

    In Blind Vigil, private investigator Rick Cahill is like a cat who’s pushing the limits of his nine lives. Blinded by a gunshot to the face, Rick has had nine long months to consider his past and his future. A future that probably won’t include working as a PI. Restless from months of being housebound, Rick reluctantly agrees to accompany his friend and fellow PI, Moira MacFarlane, to interview his former best friend, Turk, about a new case. Not long after, Turk’s fiancée is murdered, and Turk is arrested. Rick and Turk have had their differences and their friendship may be broken, but Rick doesn’t believe his friend is a killer. Fiercely loyal, Rick gets involved to the point of recklessness, not only risking his relationship with girlfriend, Leah, but his life as well. In his investigation, Rick relies heavily on his dog, his newly heightened sense of smell and modern conveniences, like Uber and Siri, to help him navigate a very dark world. In his pursuit of justice, Rick sets a course down a dangerous path to not only prove Turk’s innocence, but to prove that he’s still a darned good private investigator. I received an ARC from NetGalley for review purposes.


  9. Ray Moon Ray Moon says:

    Not Even Blindness Can’t Stop Rick Cahill from Being Rick Cahill

    This novel starts with Rick waking up in a dark void. He was shot in the face at the end of the last novel. The tissue around his optic nerves was damaged and swelled resulting in his blindness. When he was well enough, he moved back to his home in Bay Ho near La Jolla, CA. Fortunately, while in Santa Barbara, he met an old friend and fell in love. Unfortunately, she owns and runs a business in Santa Barbara so she is splitting her time between Santa Barbara and Bay Ho. While his PI license was good for another year, he was having second thoughts. Soon, there is a knock on the door, and his dog, Midnight, grows at the door. Rick opens it and recognizes through familiar scents that it was his on-again, off-again partner, Moira. She has come for his help! She has been approached by Rick’s friend and former boss, Turk. He is suspicious that his current girlfriend, who he wants to marry, may be cheating on him and asked Moria to find out if that is true. Moria recently had a similar case. After telling the client that it was true, he murdered the woman and killed himself. She does not want to be responsible for something like that again. She wants Rick to be there during the interviews listen to Turk and tell her if there is any danger of Turk going ballistic. Well, it is not a spoiler to say that it did not work out well.

    The main storyline keeps hitting up against many obstacles. How each one is tackled and overcame captured my attention quickly and was maintained it throughout the novel. Also, a major aspect of this novel that I enhanced my enjoyment in reading this novel was how Rick’s blindness affects how the novel unfolds. Once he was asked to help Moira, the Private investigator (PI) in his blood comes back into prominence. His sense of justice and loyalty, well defined in the previous novels, is just as strong here. He even wants to accompany Moira in stakeouts and wants a meaningful role in the defense of Turk. Again, it is not a spoiler to stay that these really caused problems. Much of the B-storyline deals with how Rick handles his new blindness. Personally, I do not know any blind persons nor have talked to any, but the author to me portrays the trials and tribulations of learning to live with sudden blindness quite well. Counting and remembering steps between locations more than what is in the house. In fact, how Rick accommodates his blindness over the course of the novel is a very C—storyline.

    There is some vulgar language, but the level never seems to be anywhere near objectionable levels for me. There are not any intimate scenes. There is violence described as it happens that to me is more edgy than the instances described after the fact. The descriptions are not handled quickly without sensationalism. For these aspects I believe that only the readers that are very sensitive to language would find this novel objectionable.

    Other observations are that it was an easy and quick read. I could not put it down and read late into the evening when I should be sleeping. I finished a little faster than other novels of this length. Next, this is not the first novel in the series, and major themes from the previous novels exist in this novel. I’ve read only two of the previous novels, and I never felt that anything was left unexplained. If you have not read any other novels in the series, you can start with this one. Lastly, all the loose ends tied up by the end of the novel. Of course, the major themes I mentioned before will continue in subsequent novels, I hope there are more, so I do not consider that these are loose ends.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. After reading the last novel, I went and purchased from Amazon.com the novels of this series that I had not read yet. I rate this novel with five stars. Have an enjoyable read.

    I have received a free e-book version of this novel through Edelweiss+ from Oceanview Publishing with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Oceanview Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.


  10. AC AC says:

    This is more like it!

    The last (and only) Rick Cahill book I read was Lost Tomorrows, and I found him to be a bit of an Eeyore, constantly mired in guilt about his wife's death.

    SPOILER!

    He also got shot in the face and that was a helluva way to end things.

    He survived, and it's now nine months later. Cahill is blind - with the chance that his eyesight may or may not return - and his girlfriend Leah (you may remember her as the sister of his former partner at the Santa Barbara PD) is splitting time between Santa Barbara and Cahill's place in San Diego.

    Moira - a San Diego-based PI - gets in touch with Cahill and wants him to come with her on a job. What job? Turk Muldoon, and old friend of Cahill's, has hired her to spy on his girlfriend Shay, whom he thinks is seeing someone else. Cahill points out he can't see anything, but Moira is more interested in his ears, and if he can tell what Turk is feeling and how apt he would be to snap and kill Shay if she was seeing someone else. Moira had given news of a wife's infidelity previously to a doctor (her own son's pediatrician, no less) who proceeded to off his wife, child, and then himself. She'd rather that not be the case here, and Cahill assures her Turk would never do something like that.

    Shay, of course, is then found dead, and all indications are it's Turk who killed her after an argument overheard by neighbors. Moira rails at Cahill, that he was wrong and now they've gotten Shay killed, but Cahill disagrees. Moira exits the case, but Cahilll wants to help his pal any way he can, even if he still can't see.

    Turk is arrested for murder, but Cahill has found information that tells him Idaho is where he needs to go. He ropes Moira back in, and they're off, to talk to one recalcitrant cowboy but then to a more garrulous one. From there, it's off to a PI who was trying to track down Shay's father, who disappeared with over $800K dollars from the sale of the family ranch, leaving Shay and her mother with nothing. Her father was identified as the decedent in an auto wreck in Mexico, under his own name - this after the PI tells them Shay's father used various aliases.

    While all of this is going on, Rick keeps smelling the same man, repeatedly - following him and Moira, following just Cahill. But Moira never sees him, and Cahill dubs him the Invisible Man.

    With that information, they head back to San Diego, to figure out a way to find Shay's maybe/maybe-not dead father and a ranch hand who worked on the ranch prior to its sale. By now, we are all fairly sure Shay found her dad, and that he likely had something to do with her death. I will reiterate for whatever nth time it is that I still don't like characters going to the bad guy, alone, without telling anyone.

    I won't go into details about the end except to say that blind vigil certainly is in play the last 20% of the book

    Four and a half stars, dinged for character stupidity. I'm feeling generous, though, and I did like the story quite a lot, so I'm rounding up this time: five stars.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview for the reading copy.

    Release date: 01 Dec 2020.


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Blind Vigil (The Rick Cahill Series)☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Blind Vigil (The Rick Cahill Series) By Matt Coyle ✎ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Anthony and Lefty Awardwinning Author

A friend arrested for murder A vicious killer lurking in the shadows A world of darkness

Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as Anthony and Lefty Awardwinning AuthorA friend arrested for murder A vicious killer lurking in the shadows A world of darknessBlinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darknessPerfect for fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford .

10 thoughts on “Blind Vigil (The Rick Cahill Series)

  1. Dave Dave says:

    Blind Vigil is the seventh book in Coyle's Rick Cahill private investigator series. Oddly enough, San Diego has hosted only a relative few detective series over the years. But now, the Cahill series has firmly set modern San Diego (primarily the La Jolla area) as a great location for private eye fare. Like old time series, Cahill is not on the best of terms with the local law enforcement, has one or two good buddies, and is haunted by his past, which includes once being accused of his wife's murder. This novel begins where the last one left off with Cahill now blind and learning to cope with simply functioning and getting around. He can't really operate as a private eye or can he? Coyle does a masterful job of capturing Cahill dealing with his lost eyesight, finding himself reliant on his other senses, and dealing with the fact that no one seems to take his career seriously now. This novel has Cahill's best friend Turk in a jam and Cahill trying desperately to find answers as the exits all lockdown for his friend. This is a well-written book that moves along at a rapid pace.

  2. Monnie Monnie says:

    No doubt I sound like a broken record, but I really, really like this series. The central character, Rick Cahill, is the perfect combination of tough background and no-nonsense approach to his life and his job as a private detective (empathy, perhaps not so much). As this one begins, though, he's having a hard time; he's still recovering from being shot in the face nine months earlier, which, among other things, left him totally blind.

    He's not sure where his path will lead next, but given his condition, being a private eye is pretty much out of the question when neither of yours is working. But then he gets a call from old partner Moira MacFarlane, who tells him another old (but now estranged) friend Turk Moldoon wants to hire her to find out if his girlfriend Shay is cheating on him. Moira says she needs Rick's insights when she goes to interview Turk - if the man doesn't seem on the up and up, she doesn't want to take the case.

    Turk doesn't seem all that happy to see Rick again, but he's desperate to learn the truth about his girlfriend. Meantime, Rick must deal with his own issues that come with adjusting to blindness and a somewhat long-distance romance with his partner Leah. Soon, though, he's drawn into the case in a way he never expected as Turk finds himself the primary suspect in a murder case. Just about everyone involved, including Moira, think Turk is guilty. But Rick is certain his old friend isn't capable of such an act and sets out to prove it - even if he can't see his own hand in front of his mangled-up face.

    Much of the book focuses on how Rick deals with his injuries - and I must say to that end he's got amazing intestinal fortitude (I'm pretty sure I'd just hole up in my house and let the rest of the world pass me by unseen). Rick isn't one to feel sorry for himself, though - at least not when his friend is looking at a lifetime in prison. There's plenty of action, some of which puts Rick's life in danger, all making for a terrific adventure that made me sorry when I got to the end. Thanks once again to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.

  3. Judy Lesley Judy Lesley says:

    What happens to a man when his profession requires him to be observant of practically everything around him but his present reality is total blindness? Rick Cahill is a good private investigator even if he doesn't exactly play by all the legal rules of the game. He takes his job seriously and doesn't hesitate to slip over the line if it will benefit his client. Now Cahill has been nine months trying to recover from a gunshot wound which took his sight but almost took his life. How can a private eye have a profession without any vision? Well, he can let his friends help him as much as possible when he finds that his friend Turk Muldoon wants to hire someone to find out if his girlfriend is cheating on him.

    Cahill is the type of PI who gets things done and rubs folks wrong along his way to doing it. Lots of things in his past have made him the hard, tough guy he is now and he's learned those lessons along the way. In this book author Matt Coyle has added a new component - blindness - to kick up the tension throughout this story. Cahill begins to rely heavily on his other senses to get along in his daily life and in learning how to operate as an investigator again. Because others still rely on sight, Cahill has an almost impossible task of getting someone to believe in his Invisible Man.

    This story was well plotted and executed. My only point of negativism was the overload of repetition of things that had happened to Rick previously. Yes, I know, it was to give readers a full understanding of the man as he is now, but those are pretty easy concepts for a reader to pick up after one or, at the very most, two mentions. Less is definitely best for me in these cases.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for an e-galley of this novel.

  4. Toni Osborne Toni Osborne says:

    Rick Cahill series # 7

    What a great read this turned out to be. Although this is the 7th book in the series I had no trouble getting into it from the get-go Matt Coyle gives us snippets of what happened to his protagonist without lingering on his past and has masterfully moved forward his storyline with a blend of hard-boiled, noirish and a breath of fresh life to the PI tradition.

    Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a PI nine months ago Rick Cahill is still trying to start a new life. But when his one-time partner Moira MacFarlane asks for his help on a case he couldn’t refuse...as always when Rick is involved things always turns deadly....

    Mr. Coyle captured masterfully Cahill dealing with the loss of his eyesight and how he carries himself in the dark: he counts steps and is reliant on his others sense to move around. The mystery if told from the point of view of a blind person. I do have a weak spot for a first person narrative definitely my preferred style by a long shot.

    Without a murder we wouldn’t have a captivating mystery Oh yes, Shay gets killed and Turk, Cahill’s best friend is the main suspect ...but he doesn’t believe his friend could do such a thing...and we have police, lawyers, suspects, friends and oh yes the Invisible Man with the Dove underarm smell...all in the fray... to entertain us and they do captivate till the very last page.

    “Blind Vigil”, is well-written, fast-paced, has amazing and diverse characters and is a page turner very hard to put down. Excellent read.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. DP Lyle DP Lyle says:

    Another excellent story in this series--and so well written. I absolutely love the entire series. This is a 5-star all the way. Can't wait for the next one.

  6. Maria Maria says:

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
    A very satisfying read featuring a determined private investigator.
    I liked everything about “Blind Vigil”, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing): the dark, sarcastic wounded hero, who happens to be very affectionate and loyal with his friends, the well-developed characters, the suspense plotline with its underlying feelings of sadness and loss and the well written first person point of view.
    Rick Cahill is a great wounded hero and the cohesiveness the author brought to his blindness is awesome. We readers are always aware that the story is being told from the point of view of a blind person. Being deliberately vague here, I’ll just add that the progress is well written and believable, too, with a compelling focus on how Rick absorbs and deals with the changes.
    The various characters are all relatable and complex and added depth to the story. Turk is another delightful wounded male character, I really felt for him and how he was struggling with grief. I particularly loved Rick and Turk’s friendship, how they’re so affectionate and loyal to each other despite their conflicts. It reminded me how friendship can be such a powerful thing in our lives.

  7. Suanne Suanne says:

    Blind Vigil is the seventh book in Coyle's Rick Cahill private investigator series, but reads well as a stand-alone book with just enough back story splashed in to orient the reader. Cahill is not on the best of terms with the local law enforcement stemming from days when he was the primary suspect for his wife’s murder. He has one good male friend, Turk, who becomes involved in the murder of his fiancée. Cahill also has a new girlfriend, Leah, who has seen him through being shot in the face in Santa Barbara and the long road to recovery and learning to live with his blindness. In addition, a fellow PI, Moira, has worked with Cahill on a few cases. These are the primary characters in Blind Vigil.

    Cahill is a great wounded hero, and Coyle does a superb job of capturing Cahill’s efforts to deal with his lost eyesight, showing how he becomes reliant on his other senses and counts steps and uses his cane to get around. Cahill is a moody PI, tough, hard-boiled, and unapologetic, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. The secondary characters are well-developed. I enjoyed this one enough that I’ll have to backtrack to read books #1 through #6.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  8. Sheila Sobel Sheila Sobel says:

    In Blind Vigil, private investigator Rick Cahill is like a cat who’s pushing the limits of his nine lives. Blinded by a gunshot to the face, Rick has had nine long months to consider his past and his future. A future that probably won’t include working as a PI. Restless from months of being housebound, Rick reluctantly agrees to accompany his friend and fellow PI, Moira MacFarlane, to interview his former best friend, Turk, about a new case. Not long after, Turk’s fiancée is murdered, and Turk is arrested. Rick and Turk have had their differences and their friendship may be broken, but Rick doesn’t believe his friend is a killer. Fiercely loyal, Rick gets involved to the point of recklessness, not only risking his relationship with girlfriend, Leah, but his life as well. In his investigation, Rick relies heavily on his dog, his newly heightened sense of smell and modern conveniences, like Uber and Siri, to help him navigate a very dark world. In his pursuit of justice, Rick sets a course down a dangerous path to not only prove Turk’s innocence, but to prove that he’s still a darned good private investigator. I received an ARC from NetGalley for review purposes.

  9. Ray Moon Ray Moon says:

    Not Even Blindness Can’t Stop Rick Cahill from Being Rick Cahill

    This novel starts with Rick waking up in a dark void. He was shot in the face at the end of the last novel. The tissue around his optic nerves was damaged and swelled resulting in his blindness. When he was well enough, he moved back to his home in Bay Ho near La Jolla, CA. Fortunately, while in Santa Barbara, he met an old friend and fell in love. Unfortunately, she owns and runs a business in Santa Barbara so she is splitting her time between Santa Barbara and Bay Ho. While his PI license was good for another year, he was having second thoughts. Soon, there is a knock on the door, and his dog, Midnight, grows at the door. Rick opens it and recognizes through familiar scents that it was his on-again, off-again partner, Moira. She has come for his help! She has been approached by Rick’s friend and former boss, Turk. He is suspicious that his current girlfriend, who he wants to marry, may be cheating on him and asked Moria to find out if that is true. Moria recently had a similar case. After telling the client that it was true, he murdered the woman and killed himself. She does not want to be responsible for something like that again. She wants Rick to be there during the interviews listen to Turk and tell her if there is any danger of Turk going ballistic. Well, it is not a spoiler to say that it did not work out well.

    The main storyline keeps hitting up against many obstacles. How each one is tackled and overcame captured my attention quickly and was maintained it throughout the novel. Also, a major aspect of this novel that I enhanced my enjoyment in reading this novel was how Rick’s blindness affects how the novel unfolds. Once he was asked to help Moira, the Private investigator (PI) in his blood comes back into prominence. His sense of justice and loyalty, well defined in the previous novels, is just as strong here. He even wants to accompany Moira in stakeouts and wants a meaningful role in the defense of Turk. Again, it is not a spoiler to stay that these really caused problems. Much of the B-storyline deals with how Rick handles his new blindness. Personally, I do not know any blind persons nor have talked to any, but the author to me portrays the trials and tribulations of learning to live with sudden blindness quite well. Counting and remembering steps between locations more than what is in the house. In fact, how Rick accommodates his blindness over the course of the novel is a very C—storyline.

    There is some vulgar language, but the level never seems to be anywhere near objectionable levels for me. There are not any intimate scenes. There is violence described as it happens that to me is more edgy than the instances described after the fact. The descriptions are not handled quickly without sensationalism. For these aspects I believe that only the readers that are very sensitive to language would find this novel objectionable.

    Other observations are that it was an easy and quick read. I could not put it down and read late into the evening when I should be sleeping. I finished a little faster than other novels of this length. Next, this is not the first novel in the series, and major themes from the previous novels exist in this novel. I’ve read only two of the previous novels, and I never felt that anything was left unexplained. If you have not read any other novels in the series, you can start with this one. Lastly, all the loose ends tied up by the end of the novel. Of course, the major themes I mentioned before will continue in subsequent novels, I hope there are more, so I do not consider that these are loose ends.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. After reading the last novel, I went and purchased from Amazon.com the novels of this series that I had not read yet. I rate this novel with five stars. Have an enjoyable read.

    I have received a free e-book version of this novel through Edelweiss+ from Oceanview Publishing with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Oceanview Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.

  10. AC AC says:

    This is more like it!

    The last (and only) Rick Cahill book I read was Lost Tomorrows, and I found him to be a bit of an Eeyore, constantly mired in guilt about his wife's death.

    SPOILER!

    He also got shot in the face and that was a helluva way to end things.

    He survived, and it's now nine months later. Cahill is blind - with the chance that his eyesight may or may not return - and his girlfriend Leah (you may remember her as the sister of his former partner at the Santa Barbara PD) is splitting time between Santa Barbara and Cahill's place in San Diego.

    Moira - a San Diego-based PI - gets in touch with Cahill and wants him to come with her on a job. What job? Turk Muldoon, and old friend of Cahill's, has hired her to spy on his girlfriend Shay, whom he thinks is seeing someone else. Cahill points out he can't see anything, but Moira is more interested in his ears, and if he can tell what Turk is feeling and how apt he would be to snap and kill Shay if she was seeing someone else. Moira had given news of a wife's infidelity previously to a doctor (her own son's pediatrician, no less) who proceeded to off his wife, child, and then himself. She'd rather that not be the case here, and Cahill assures her Turk would never do something like that.

    Shay, of course, is then found dead, and all indications are it's Turk who killed her after an argument overheard by neighbors. Moira rails at Cahill, that he was wrong and now they've gotten Shay killed, but Cahill disagrees. Moira exits the case, but Cahilll wants to help his pal any way he can, even if he still can't see.

    Turk is arrested for murder, but Cahill has found information that tells him Idaho is where he needs to go. He ropes Moira back in, and they're off, to talk to one recalcitrant cowboy but then to a more garrulous one. From there, it's off to a PI who was trying to track down Shay's father, who disappeared with over $800K dollars from the sale of the family ranch, leaving Shay and her mother with nothing. Her father was identified as the decedent in an auto wreck in Mexico, under his own name - this after the PI tells them Shay's father used various aliases.

    While all of this is going on, Rick keeps smelling the same man, repeatedly - following him and Moira, following just Cahill. But Moira never sees him, and Cahill dubs him the Invisible Man.

    With that information, they head back to San Diego, to figure out a way to find Shay's maybe/maybe-not dead father and a ranch hand who worked on the ranch prior to its sale. By now, we are all fairly sure Shay found her dad, and that he likely had something to do with her death. I will reiterate for whatever nth time it is that I still don't like characters going to the bad guy, alone, without telling anyone.

    I won't go into details about the end except to say that blind vigil certainly is in play the last 20% of the book

    Four and a half stars, dinged for character stupidity. I'm feeling generous, though, and I did like the story quite a lot, so I'm rounding up this time: five stars.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview for the reading copy.

    Release date: 01 Dec 2020.

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