The Prison Guard's Son (Mr. Finn) (Volume 3) 1st Edition
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"The Mr. Finn series breathes new life into the PI genre...These are some of the most fully realized characters I've encountered in a long time, and this is one of the best detective series I've ever read." - Gumshoes, Gats and Gams
"The Prison Guard's Son is dark, twisted, and remarkably clever. Trace Conger is establishing himself as one of the most original voices in crime fiction." - Gregory Petersen, author of Open Mike.
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His methods are a little shady and his helpers are not afraid to bend the law. So it becomes a lot more interesting.
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Josh Baker’s father, Willie, hires Finn Harding to find his son’s killers. Willie believes that his son’s killers have been placed in witness protection, but he wants to find them.
‘Those two have to pay the real price for what they did to Josh’.
Finn Harding has a dilemma. He no longer has his PI licence and works underground. While work is falling into his lap at the moment, it’s never easy to turn down a paying job. Willie Baker only wants Finn to find the killers, but Finn knows that that won’t be an end to it. Still, after reviewing the information that Willie Baker gives him, and visiting Josh Baker’s grave, he takes the job on.
Finn Harding’s search is not easy. Still, he’s nothing if not resourceful and after some false starts he makes progress. Along the way he clashes with US Deputy Marshal Valerie Cheatham, and finds that he is not the only one searching for the killers.
Two aspects make this novel particularly interesting. The first is the detail provided of the techniques used by Finn Harding to try to find the killers. The second is the moral ambiguity of a number of the characters. Is it possible that either of the killers can redeem themselves by having made a positive contribution to the community since their release?
I read this novel during a four-hour long train journey last month. It held my attention from beginning to end. I assume that it was at least in part inspired by the brutal murder of two-year-old Jamie Bulger in the UK in 1993. This is the third of Trace Conger’s novels featuring Finn Harding. I enjoyed the first (‘The Shadow Broker’) but somehow missed the second (‘Scar Tissue’). I’ll be looking to address that as soon as I can.