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The Eulogist Hardcover – September 30, 2017
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Cady lost his job and much of the use of his right hand well before this novel begins. He rebuilt his life, and learned that peace and quiet have their own attractions. His wife has many attractions too. But a routine visit to Washington DC as the FBI liaison for the rather boring Medicare Fraud Strike Force takes an interesting turn when a senator is found dead, his glorious eulogy written before his demise.
"How does one take the measure of a man?" the eulogist asks. The investigation that follows will show the measure of Cady, honorable partner, loyal friend, and dogged investigator. Meanwhile others will fail to measure up to society's images, and a dangerous Canadian will find almost everyone wanting.
Intriguing coincidences, fascinating side-characters, and enticing red herrings abound in this mystery as it twists and turns, changes direction, slides to an almost-conclusion then shifts again. It's all told with a very natural voice, well-chosen analogies deepening character as well as providing description, and the reader is quickly drawn in, even as the action slows for seriously believable investigation.
The final scene in this book isn't a eulogy, but it's a message after death just the same, and it's the measure of men whose paths and ends collided strangely, sadly, and satisfyingly in the course of the novel. The giver of this final eulogy measures up well, as does the author.
Disclosure: I was given a preview edition and I offer my honest review. -- Sheila's Reviews
About the Author
Jeffrey B. Burton was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his BA in Journalism at the University of Minnesota. Novels in Burton's Agent Drew Cady mystery series include The Chessman, The Lynchpin, and The Eulogist. His short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines. Jeff is a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), the International Association of Crime Writers, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and MNArtists.org. Jeff lives in St. Paul with his wife, daughter, and an irate Pomeranian named Lucy. JeffreyBBurton.com
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