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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kunati Inc. (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601640064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601640062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,383,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Newport, Rhode Island, 1968. A headstrong, adventurous, flirty young woman is dead. Her accused killer, Cody Ewing, maintains his innocence. But his case seems hopeless until Cody's cousin calls up his best friend, private investigator (and Vietnam vet) Mick McCarthy and asks for help. Set against a raucous 1960s backdrop--the famous Newport folk festival had brought sex and drugs to the staid "rich folk" town--the novel puts Mick and his beautiful companion, Bridget, up against gangsters and a particularly nasty killer. The plotting may be a little clumsy in places, and the prose a tad clunky, but the story is also colorful and exciting. Wasley is well versed in the 1960s New England music scene (he was a folksinger and rocker), and he is able to make us feel as though we are in that time and place. Not perfect, but a lot of fun all the same. David Pitt
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"A page turner . . . let Ric Wasley cook it all up for you. Then sit down and enjoy. You'll be glad you did."  —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author, Back Bay, Harvard Yard, and The Lost Constitution

More About the Author

Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series set in Boston in 1968

Ric has a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings.
Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable "Cape Cod Writers Conference".
Of the five books in the McCarthy series the most recent is, The Scrimshaw, the third in the McCarthy Mystery Series, which was released in late 2009. That will be followed by "Black Velvet Band, scheduled for 2013. In addition to the first two McCarthy Mysteries; Shadow of Innocence and Acid Test, Ric's most recent book is Midnight Blue, a quirky vampire tale that combines spectral creatures and nightwalkers with sex, drugs and Rock & Roll!
Ric has also authored the semi-autobiographical novella; At my Window with a Broken Wing, and two short stories; Embers and The Night. Plus a brand new story, Long Black Veil, that appears in the anthology, Weirdly Vol. 3, released in 2010. In addition, Tell Tale Publishing will be releasing Echoes down a Dark Well, a new paranormal novel, in 2012.
Just like Mick in his McCarthy Mysteries Series, Ric thrived on music in the sixties and performed as a folksinger and in several rock bands all over New England. He played regularly in the Harvard Sq. folk music clubs in the late 60's where he met music legends such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines in L.A. and San Francisco while living in California. Wasley currently divides his time between the Boston Metro-West and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.

Ric Wasley - Author - Mystery Writers of America and the Cape Cod Writers Group

Author of The McCarthy Mystery Series:
*The Scrimshaw - A McCarthy Mystery - 2008
*Shadow of Innocence - A McCarthy Mystery - (Hardcover)2007 - NEW... Revised Paperback and Kindle Edition now Available from Imajin... September 2011
*Acid Test - A McCarthy Mystery - 2004

Midnight Blue - A Mystery/Vampire/Romance - 2010

And...! Echoes down a Dark Well - Due out in 2012
And... Candle in the Wind - Due out in 2013

* At my Window with a Broken Wing - Contemporary/Romance - 2009

Short Stories:
* Embers - Historical - 2008
* The Night - Vampire - 2008
* Long Black Veil - (Weirdly 3 - Anthology) Historical/Paranormal - 2010

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joan Adler MD on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I attended the NFF for several years back in the early seventies and I can tell you that Wasley has the feel of it down just right. I even knew people who lived in Newport and the whole relationship of the town to the festival people was just the way it is in the book.

But now, I'm more of a fan of mysteries than folk music, so none of that would matter if this weren't a rockin' good murder mystery with an unsympathetic victim and two really hot detectives. I ordered this book because of my fond memories of the festival, but I enjoyed it-and passed it on-for the sake of Mike and Bridgit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Tirrell on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We're in Newport, home of the famous jazz festival. But this is 1968, the early days, when the festival was more a happening than an event. It was "be there, or be square", and Ric Wasley's "Shadow of Innocence", is definitely not square. Everything's cool, man, as with the summer festival as a backdrop, smart-aleck amateur sleuth Mick and clever girlfriend Bridget seek to take things easy and at the same time clear Mick's Viet Nam buddy's brother of murder charges. Just as it should be in a murder mystery, powerful forces are at work behind the scenes. Nothing is the way it seems on the surface, and the outlook for the brother quickly darkens. Mick's bike, a 650CC BSA, gets plenty of play as sinister forces close in. When Mick and Bridget get going and the Irish brogue flows like ale in a Dublin Inn, what killer would stand a chance? If you enjoy mystery, there's plenty to go around, action too, and if you're into sixties music the scenes will resonate all the more. A definite buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meg Westley on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Set in and around the Newport Folk Festival in the late sixties, Ric Wasley's Shadow of Innocence plunges the reader into that rich era, revealing both its allure and its naivety. The music, the flower children, the drugs and liberal sexuality are all depicted without a hint of nostalgia, and indeed they form but the backdrop to a tale of violence and corruption that contrasts sharply with the carefree atmosphere of the period.

The two protagonists come from tough backgrounds: Mick is a Vietnam vet and son of a cop, Bridget the daughter of an IRA family. These two tough cookies call on lessons from their pasts as they struggle to solve the mysterious murder of an upper class New England debutante. Meanwhile, those who want the murder laid on the head of an innocent man pursue them with shocking brutality.

The fast-paced plot is full of gut-wrenching twists and turns, but it is the cast of characters that linger in the mind: the perverse members of society's upper echelons, the thuggish hit men, the lost souls, hippy and little rich girls alike, and above all hard-headed Mick and resilient Bridget, whose deep affection for each other is unexpectedly touching. Shadow of Innocence is a thoroughly satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on October 31, 2012
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Ric Wasley in SHADOW OF INNOCENCE nails an era. a place, and its music scene. The McCarthys are a fine example of the bond that is forged within a family, though he did sell the Kentucky family of Cody Ewing, who is accused of murdering Blair Vanderwell, a tad short. I kept expecting them to show their true colors, but it was mild when compared the McCarthys.
1968 was a pivotal year for anyone who came of age at that time. The murder divides families and reunites old buddies as Michael "Mick" McCarthy answers a call for help from Harland B. Smith. The stage is set for an assult on barriers erected to protect the guilty.
A fast read with a twisted path through the bodies of the innocent.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By earleneann on December 13, 2012
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This story moved right along... did not drag. There were enough twists and turns to keep me reading. Very well done
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