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Who Murdered Garson Talmadge (A Matt Kile Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
As usual, this book is NOT a mindless exercise, one must pay attention and follow the action, which makes these books so engrossing and hard to put down. The humor, which is subtle, keeps the action entertaining and real & one can be drawn into the story. Many threads are tossed out to lead the reader to anticipate the perpetrator, and the twist of the discovered clues and the videos keeps the reader guessing.
Matt Kile — as well as Axil, Clarice, Susan, et al — is a character to be followed, and I will. Would like to have a better visual of him — perhaps in the next one, though? Will I see him, Mr. Bishop?
Matt was lucky enough to get a pardon due to the unique circumstances of the murder and the support of the one remaining family member that survived the mass slaughter by the man Matt murdered.
His involvement in the investigation of the Talmadge murder has made him a "person of interest" and takes him on a circuitous route that includes the FBI and the Paris police. Never a dull moment. I loved this witty, sexy and sometimes funny route to solving a murder with many possible suspects! A good read for sure.