The first time I met Aric Davis was under the famous Egg building in Albany, NY, at Bouchercon, an annual convention for mystery and crime fiction writers and their community. It’s a fitting setting for talking about a murder mystery with a writer. The Egg was part of a Rockefeller-planned urban plaza in downtown Albany—but now, way past its glory days, it’s surrounded by desolate streets and boarded-up buildings.
I’ll admit that the sound of my footsteps echoing off concrete as I approached Aric had me a little unnerved, but my worries were unfounded. Aric was polite and unassuming, the epitome of Midwestern manners; and he wasn’t the least bit threatening, unlike the often violent and foul-mouthed types he brings to life expertly in his books.
In Tunnel Vision, we’re introduced to quintessential Aric Davis characters: gritty and rough folks who often straddle the delicate balance between right and wrong. We also meet Betty Martinez, a young woman on the brink of adulthood who serves as the heartbeat of this murder mystery. When Betty starts digging into a decade-old murder with ties to her best friend, she must make some dangerous choices to discover the truth behind long-buried family secrets.
While the story will leave you guessing until the end, it’s really the characters who remain with you long after the last page—much like Aric, who shares an important trait with the people he creates: they have heart.
I look forward to my next run-in with Aric Davis. On the page or in a dark alley, I know I’ll be in safe hands.
- Anh Schluep, Editor