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The hero, Burnside, is a fortyish ex-college football player, ex-cop turned PI who is hired to investigate the mysterious death of a recently graduated player at a fictionalized version of UCLA. The dead man fell or was thrown out a high-rise apartment building during his brother's bachelor party. Suspects include a number of his ex-teammates, as well as the strippers and hangers on who were at the party.
Although it's a short book that actually succeeds fairly well at disguising the identity of the killer, Chill trots out a whole bunch of predictable plot twists, including numerous (albeit entertaining) asides about Los Angeles and college football, a car chase, a new girlfriend, and about five fist fights. Chill doesn't break any new ground here, but he writes well and knows how to construct a plot. As a result, the book moves quickly and is never boring. It's a good way for fans of the hardboiled genre to spend a long night or a short weekend.
Burnside, who lost his police career after a bad judgment call, is a bit cynical about the world at large but hasn’t lost his concern for people and the toll their decisions cost them. That elevates him a touch above the usual hard-boiled PI.
Burnside’s connections within the college football community let him walk through doors others would find locked and guarded.
Chill keeps Burnside realistic in that after suffering a beating, he doesn’t shake it off in a few hours. He hurts for days as a real person would.
Chill kept me guessing right up to the end who the guilty party was in this well-told tale.
I’ll add David Chill to my ‘To Read’ list, hoping future efforts are as good as this one.