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Desolate Angel (A Dead Detective Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Kevin Fahey, narrator of DESOLATE ANGEL, is indeed a dead police detective, who now haunts the streets of his town, unable to connect with either the living or the dead - until the spirit of a murdered girl, Alissa, appears to lead him to the scene of a fresh killing. Alissa was the victim in an old case Kevin worked on. The girl's boyfriend was arrested and convicted, and Kevin thought he'd done his job. But as he looks at the new victim, whose corpse bears the same unmistakable marks found on Alissa's body, Kevin realizes that his heavy drinking and laziness on the job led to the imprisonment of an innocent man. The real killer is still free, and he has taken another young woman's life.
Kevin can go anywhere, he can see and hear everything, he can sense things about people that the living overlook, but he can't communicate with Maggie Gunn, the detective on the new murder case. As he tries in his oblique way to guide Maggie in the right direction and protect her from threats to her own life as she solves both old and new murders, Kevin finds after death the purpose that was missing in his life. He becomes Maggie's shadow partner as well as her protector, determined to redeem himself by setting right all the cases he mishandled in the wasted years of his career.
This is a wonderful book with a unique and appealing hero. I loved it.
One day the ghost of Alissa Hayes appears and leads him to the corpse of a woman who was positioned in the exact manner of her murder that he solved. Kevin now knows he was so drunk and incompetent he let an innocent young man get sent to prison .Kevin is drawn to the lead detective on the case who shine with a pure light; Maggie Gunn quickly connects the homicide of Alissa to that of Victoria Meeks. Fahey is Maggie's persistent yet invisible companion; he smells evil while she senses it. Maggie figures out who the killer is, but lacks evidence for a conviction. She, as does Fahey, knows he must be taken down because he will torture and slowly kill others. Although Maggie can not sense Fahey's presence, somehow she feels connected to him. He intends to keep her on the right road so a tragedy can be averted.
As a roaming ghost, Fahey is a much better person than he was as a living being. He sees the beauty of nature, the joy in loving relationships of all kinds, and bitterly regrets how he lived his life. He needs to make reparations and is elated to finally have found a way to do so. Fahey feels he is doing a higher calling and embraces this with a fervor he lacked when he breathed. His feelings for Maggie are not quite defined at this time but emit an interesting aura as he obviously cares what happens to her; a first for him. The investigation is top rate as Chaz McGee has written a mesmerizing paranormal police procedural.
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If you felt sorry for Marley in "a christmas carol" (Dickens) - this is your book. Marley forever watches with feelings of responsibility, but a total inability to do... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David E. Harrison
Loved Desolate Angel. My sister recommended Chaz McGee! I plan on reading all the Dead Detective books. Excellent! Thanks Sis.Published on October 30, 2013 by A izzo
I had picked this up based on similar type of books. Am glad I did! Was grabbed from the beginning & could not put this down. Very pleasantly surprised.Published on October 28, 2013 by TheBeazley
It held me and kept me . Would recommend it to anyone It brought out many emotions. I held my breath with each page waiting to see what would happen next. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Kelly Coleman
I've read several books lately that combine the paranormal with a detective story and have become a fan of this emerging genre. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Steve in Scottsdale
Really enjoyed this book and the one that followed. Great plot and kept my interest. Now that I read both dead detective novels I need more!Published on December 2, 2012 by Linda M. Eastman
This story gripped me from the very beginning! It was full of suspense - I couldn't stop myself from talking to the characters as I read. LOL! Lock the door, lock the door!!! Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Gayle
First Line: A man lies dying on the grime-encrusted floor of an abandoned house on the banks of the Delaware. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Cathy G. Cole
I was really surprised at this book. I thought it would be silly and shallow, instead I found a deep thinking dead detective by the name of Kevin Fahey, he looks over his life and... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by 4fabfelines