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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Benoit Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615625320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615625324
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,343,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gary Gusick is a retired advertising executive with over thirty years experience as a copywriter and creative director.

Customer Reviews

Definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys mysteries.
K. Branfield
Gary Gusick has written a very entertaining, compelling story with great plot twists and colorful characters.
DeltaGirl
This book is a fast-paced read with a lot of twists and turns and a somewhat surprising ending.
Sally912

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog on December 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review. I like mystery novels that make me think and have me guessing. This one wasn't so mysterious. I was able to figure things out, like who the killer was and what was happening before it became apparent to the detectives. There wasn't really any foreshadowing to blame it on either. It was just easy to guess. I also didn't like how quickly the main character, Darla, fell into bed with one of the characters in the book. It was way too quick in my opinion. I haven't read any of Gary Gusick's other books. I may pick up one of his other ones to read and see if it is any better with the mystery. The story was decent and it was controversial so there was a lot of tension. But, sadly, the mystery was lacking. I give this 3.5, but Amazon doesn't let you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bbstx on April 12, 2012
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Who killed the crusading anti-abortion preacher? His wife? The doctor whose clinic he was trying to shut down? The rebellious step-daughter? The sleazy "gentlemen's club" owner? The lobbyist? (You really hope it is the Elvis-impersonating deputy sheriff!)

Against the background of the last abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, a recently widowed ex-cop comes back to work to find the killer. The story moves at a good pace although once or twice it seemed a shade ponderous. Nevertheless, the author was able to take a hot topic and meld it into a murder mystery and make it entertaining.

The characters are well-drawn and believable, even the Elvis impersonator.

Often with new authors, it takes a while to get into the story or, I never manage to get into the story. I did not have that trouble with The Last Clinic. From the beginning, it was interesting and held my attention.

If you like good mystery stories, this is a tale for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on February 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The setup
It's been six months since Detective Darla Cavannah's husband, Hugh, died in a car crash. She's roused from her leave of absence when her boss, the county sheriff, calls her in to help with a controversial murder case. She's "partnered" with another detective who's more infamous for being an Elvis impersonator than his investigative skills. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, the cultural views of the town share equal space with the hard facts of the investigation.

The issues
The murder victim is the renowned Rev. Jimmy Aldridge who most recently has been holding vigil each morning outside the local women's health clinic in a pretty outrageous manner. And, it's where he was murdered in the early morning hours. The politics around the case are crazy, heightened even more because of a controversial abortion bill before the legislature that was destined for failure before the Reverend's murder. It now may gain sympathy traction as the prime suspect is the clinic's doctor, Stephen Nicoletti. There's a real rush to judgment to accuse, try and convict him.

What I liked about the story
I really liked Darla who is smart, has a killer wit and knows how to manage the politics. She's a former Philadelphia detective, accepted here because she was married to the town's darling, a former NFL quarterback but she's still considered an outsider. Her humor is wry and she doesn't take the bait from the idiot detective she's partnered with on the case. Darla adeptly maneuvers around him, knowing when to let him take the credit for her investigative work and when to set him down a peg. She's skilled and followed the twists, turns and surprises to a stunning climax. There was a parallel subplot that intersected seamlessly at the right moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A story set in the deep south Jackson, Mississippi, The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick is a hugely engaging detective story full of romance, humor, suspense, mystery and murder.

The Reverend Jimmy Aldridge is killed by a drive-by shooter in front of a women’s health clinic. As Aldridge is an anti-abortion activist and a prominent member of the local community, his murder causes an uproar and, Stephen Nicoletti, the health clinic doctor, is the prime suspect. Detective Darla Cavannah, a hate-crime specialist, is entrusted the task of solving the case and bringing the murderer to book.

The Last Clinic is fast-paced, and suspenseful with an interesting plot and a cast of characters that can only be described as colorful and lively. Darla is a devoted detective who is meticulous in her work ethics, never leaving things to chance. The book has a memorable character in the person of Uther Pendragon Johnson who is a computer nerd, and who helps to solve many cases. Another interesting character is detective Tommy Reylander whom many readers may like to label as a pain in the neck. I really enjoyed the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TracyK on November 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
One early morning while protesting in front of a local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge is shot and killed. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah. The Reverend is protesting the women's health clinic because the doctor who runs it is known to do abortions. This book puts the topic of abortion front and center. Put that together with the fact that I grew up in the South (Alabama), and reading this touched on some hot topics for me. Primarily, judging it as a mystery, I give it very high marks. I did have quibbles in some areas, however.

The strength of this book is in the plot. The story moved forward with a good pace, and there were side stories that were interesting. It kept me engaged.

I liked the protagonist, a woman, and felt like her character was well developed. Darla Cavanah has come to the Hinds County Sheriff's Department from the Philadelphia Police Department and is an outsider. Her husband, who was killed in an automobile accident within the last year, was a native of Jackson, and a hometown hero because he was a pro football star.

However, I felt like the remaining characters were either caricatures or not fully developed. OK, I really did like Shelby Mitchell, the sheriff and Darla's boss, even though he chewed tobacco... and "addressed all women, regardless of their name or marital status, as Miss, followed by their first name." So Darla is "Miss Darla", her partner is addressed as Tommy.

Tommy Reylander is nominally Darla's partner on this case, although they are working in different directions and not supporting each other at all.
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