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Second Chance Paperback – April 22, 2011
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David Lennon lives in Newton, MA, with his husband, Brian, and their dog, Blue. In addition to writing mysteries, he’s a not-very-accomplished songwriter and musician. He daylights as a graphic designer and brand development strategist.
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The personal stories and gradual evolution of the relationships for Michel, Sassy, Chance, Joel, and some others continues to be a pleasure.
In a preface, the author says he was trying for a more complex mystery. While staying true to the style and methods of the previous two books of the series, David Lennon does drift into Agatha Christie-style complexity, with the tangles of the past playing out unexpectedly in the present. While I can't say I believe the resolution as much as I did for the prior novels, the suspense and opportunity for puzzle-solving was well done.
Once again the character of Sassy Jones shins through to steal just about every scene she's in; the woman is tough, bright and very capable, with even a hint toward a relationship with a shady fellow that raises a few eyebrows. Meanwhile Michel stumbles onto evidence that indicates the case of Chance's bad investment may not be as cut and dried as first presented, driving the early portion of the novel before the two cases merge and more emphasis - and complexity - is put on the missing mobster's son and resulting evidence suggesting a growing turf war.
While all is going on, Michel seems to be struggling to find solid footing in his relationship with Joel, nine years his junior, who presses for more of a commitment from the former cop - which Michel seems reluctant to give as he seems unable at times to get beyond their age gap. Add to this a dumb move on Michel part that throws a ratchet into their love affair. Stating more would reveal far too much and spoil the fun, but suffice to say readers will likely be yelling at their e-readers like I was following Michel's stupid actions.
Second Chance is a solid, well-constructed PI novel, never allowing the reader a dull moment. The pace is quick and smooth, the suspense nail-biting. Lennon has come into his own with this third featuring Doucette-Jones novel exhibiting a solid voice and style that makes for an enjoyable read as we learn just a little more of what makes these two flawed former detectives tick and of what consequences can mean for their actions.