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But, don't let the cover fool you. Let's face it, this book has all the characteristics of the old cliche. No one enjoys looking at the feet of a dead John Doe, tagged and ready for the autopsy table. And most dog lovers, that I know, are not too crazy about Chihuahuas. I have to admit it, I too shied away from reading this book, at first, because of its cover. It just didn't look interesting enough for me to read it. But since I had read two other books by David Bishop, and had enjoyed them very much, I decided to give it a shout. Besides, it was a new and unfamiliar character, Matt Kile; ex-cop and ex-con turned PI; witty and quick on his feet; smooth talker and big mouth, at the same time, with big cajones - something very much needed in today's society; a ladies man with a great sense of humor. So, what's not to like?
When a rich old man was topped off, it appeared to be an opened and closed case and the jury had reached its verdict - the victim's promiscuous trophy wife, young enough to be his daughter, was the perpetrator and guilty as charged for the premeditated murder of her husband, Garson Talmadge. However, when the Defense Attorney hired Matt Kile to conduct an investigation on the deceased, Matt quickly learned, that Garson was no "Saint" while living. With a rap sheet that stretched from France to Iraq, Garson had been a shrewd International Arms Dealer, who had acquired his wealth by selling French weapons to Saddam Hussein; Matt was poking at a Hornet's Nest and the road blocks began to appear to prevent him from digging any further. As Matt persists on finding the truth, the personal harassment conducted by the FBI escalated to a relentless all out assault by the French Secret Police, demanding he stop his investigation at once; well, stopping would prevent him from finding the real killer as well, and Matt wasn't about to do that.
You won't regret reading this book. Trust me!
Like many PI's, Matt Kile is an ex-cop, but his backstory is rather different than most. He got bounced off the force and straight into the slammer when he fatally blasted on the courthouse steps a sleazeball who managed to get off the hook on a murder charge. After doing some time, Kile decided to become a writer, until he gets involved in the Talmadge case. His involvement happens to be very direct since Talmadge was one of the neighbors in his apartment building and, in addition, Kile happened to be bedding Talmadge's much younger wife earlier on the evening he died. When the wife gets arrested, Kile, who conveniently has a PI license, agrees to help out her defense attorney.
“Who Murdered Garson Talmadge” is a serviceable mystery, just as Matt Kile is a serviceable PI. It turns out that Talmadge was an ex-arms dealer with a shady past, and the investigation takes Kile to Paris in search of Talmadge’s former wife. He manages to get threatened a couple of times, engage in some fisticuffs, and turn up a couple of more suspects: Talmadge’s son and daughter, the latter of whom he beds as well. I give author Bishop some credit for having his hero hop into the sack with both of the two main female suspects in the case. And, the eventual solution to the mystery is fairly decent as well.
Of course, Matt Kile wouldn’t be a bona fide, hardboiled PI if he didn’t come equipped with a ready store of snappy sarcastic comments and he gets to trot a lot of them out here. The cops in the book serve as all too convenient foils (one is even named Dick Dickson), so Kile gets to dispense a goodly dose of quips and observations, several of them good enough to elicit some chuckles from me.
“Who Murdered Garson Talmadge” is a decent mystery for those who enjoy this type of hardboiled PI book. There’s nothing especially innovative here, and Kile’s skills with the ladies are a bit implausible, but, although the material is highly familiar, Bishop handles it well, displaying a good sense of humor. My biggest disappointment is that after taking the time to give Kile an unusual backstory, the author really didn’t work that story into the plot. I would rate “Garson Talmadge” at 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because the character shows some promise that isn’t fully on display in this initial volume in the series. Readers will find out who killed Talmadge and they’ll have a good time killing time as well.
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