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Shadow of Innocence Paperback – October 25, 2011
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Newport, Rhode Island, 1968. A headstrong, adventurous, flirty young woman is dead. Her accused killer, Cody Ewing, maintains his innocence. But his case seems hopeless until Cody's cousin calls up his best friend, private investigator (and Vietnam vet) Mick McCarthy and asks for help. Set against a raucous 1960s backdrop--the famous Newport folk festival had brought sex and drugs to the staid "rich folk" town--the novel puts Mick and his beautiful companion, Bridget, up against gangsters and a particularly nasty killer. The plotting may be a little clumsy in places, and the prose a tad clunky, but the story is also colorful and exciting. Wasley is well versed in the 1960s New England music scene (he was a folksinger and rocker), and he is able to make us feel as though we are in that time and place. Not perfect, but a lot of fun all the same. David Pitt
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1968 was a pivotal year for anyone who came of age at that time. The murder divides families and reunites old buddies as Michael "Mick" McCarthy answers a call for help from Harland B. Smith. The stage is set for an assult on barriers erected to protect the guilty.
A fast read with a twisted path through the bodies of the innocent.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
Outstanding writing...exciting reading...always something unexpected!
You have to read it yourself to see what I mean...you won't be disappointed!
Also, looking forward to another of his McCarthy mystery series...SCRIMSHAW...coming in 2008. Mick and Irish spitfire girlfriend Bridget will surely be in more danger, as trouble seems to follow them wherever life takes them...another great adventure of this gifted author, who makes the McCarthys seem like your good friends!
The two protagonists come from tough backgrounds: Mick is a Vietnam vet and son of a cop, Bridget the daughter of an IRA family. These two tough cookies call on lessons from their pasts as they struggle to solve the mysterious murder of an upper class New England debutante. Meanwhile, those who want the murder laid on the head of an innocent man pursue them with shocking brutality.
The fast-paced plot is full of gut-wrenching twists and turns, but it is the cast of characters that linger in the mind: the perverse members of society's upper echelons, the thuggish hit men, the lost souls, hippy and little rich girls alike, and above all hard-headed Mick and resilient Bridget, whose deep affection for each other is unexpectedly touching. Shadow of Innocence is a thoroughly satisfying read.
But now, I'm more of a fan of mysteries than folk music, so none of that would matter if this weren't a rockin' good murder mystery with an unsympathetic victim and two really hot detectives. I ordered this book because of my fond memories of the festival, but I enjoyed it-and passed it on-for the sake of Mike and Bridgit.