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Where I Can See You Paperback – January 10, 2017
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"Where I Can See You is a first-rate small-town mystery full of crackling suspense and enough surprises to make the reader’s head spin. But the book’s protagonist, Hud Matthews, is the real star here. A tough, smart, sensitive man haunted by his past and furiously compelled to keep looking for answers no matter how painful they may be. Don’t miss a single tension-filled word of this one!”
—David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away
“A disgraced big-city police detective’s search for his mother and the return to the familiarity of his old hometown provide a solid framework for noir mystery. Juxtaposed against a series of seemingly senseless murders, the story unfolds with escalating tension. Readers are in the hands of a writer who knows how to tell a riveting story through the development of sympathetic characters—without the easy reliance on graphic violence.”
—Anne Hillerman, New York Times-bestselling author of Rock with Wings
“No one weaves a mystery quite like Larry D. Sweazy, and never has his one-of-a-kind knack for twists and thrills been on better display than in Where I Can See You. Hud Matthews is a hard-hewn, mold-breaking detective hell-bent on unearthing the secrets of not only his boyhood home—a small town with a skeleton in every closet, a ghost around every corner—but of his own past. And by any means necessary. Written with rich and vivid prose, Where I Can See You is a story that sinks its teeth into you and doesn’t let up until the last page is turned.”
—Adam James Jones, award-winning author of The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa
“Sweazy is the rarest of writers. He aims for the jugular and hits it every time. Few do it as well. None do it better.”
—Brandt Dodson, author of The Sons of Jude
“A master of narrative description, Sweazy paints from a cold palette. Hauntingly poignant, Where I Can See You rips the scabs off old wounds and long-buried secrets, revealing a tragic hero on a quest to unearth the truth of what happened to his beloved mother. Hud Matthews is a tough-as-nails, introspective cop who can take an oar upside the head and come back swinging. Rich and compelling, Where I Can See You is a moody tale of longing and loss, a quest through the haunted past to the violent present.”
—James W. Ziskin, author of the Anthony, Barry, and Lefty Award-nominated Ellie Stone Mysteries
“Sweazy has skillfully woven three strands together in this taut and moody mystery: Who killed a young woman and left her body at the edge of Demmie Lake? What happened to Detective Hud Matthews in Detroit that led him to return to the Lakes and join their underfunded force? And why did his mother up and vanish when he was an eight-year-old boy? Sweazy sets this yarn in a vividly evoked lakeside town, a long-time vacation destination now crumbling into nostalgia, poverty, and drugs. I could smell the mud by the lake and the mold inside the cabins. The town is crumbling, but the old secrets, yearnings, and alliances are as strong as ever. Hud was once an insider, but years away have left him uncertain of what remains of the town he knew. He juggles old loyalties, new acquaintances, and his own agenda in this fine mystery.”
—Ann Littlewood, author, the Iris Oakley mystery series
About the Author
Larry D. Sweazy is the author of See Also Deception, See Also Murder, A Thousand Falling Crows, Escape from Hangtown, Vengeance at Sundown, The Gila Wars, The Coyote Tracker, The Devil's Bones, The Cougar's Prey, The Badger's Revenge, The Scorpion Trail, and The Rattlesnake Season. He won the WWA Spur award for Best Short Fiction in 2005 and for Best Paperback Original in 2013, and the 2011 and 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for the Josiah Wolfe series. He was nominated for a Derringer award in 2007, and was a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana literary competition in 2010, and won in 2011 for The Scorpion Trail. He has published over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories, which have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; The Adventure of the Missing Detective: And 25 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories!; Boys' Life; Hardboiled; Amazon Shorts, and several other publications and anthologies. He is member of ITW (International Thriller Writers), WWA (Western Writers of America), and WF (Western Fictioneers).
Top customer reviews
The lakeside community has gone seedy in his absence, his boss (a boyhood friend) has a sour disposition, other cops on the force are resentful of his skills and Hud is haunted by the unresolved disappearance of his mother when he was a child.
Before he has time to deal with these issues, a young woman is murdered on the shores of the lake, quickly followed by more murders with questionable similarity in motive. Then a married woman he idealized as a boy thrusts herself into his arms.
Talk about conflict.
Hud has a bunch to deal with and things get even more complicated as he irritates friend and foe by bringing up questions about his mother's cold case. These questions and his musing on the past are spread through the narrative and may be confusing at first. But, don't worry, Sweazy unravels it in a stunning conclusion.
Sweazy's poetic and descriptive prose delivers a sure sense of place. Coupled with skilled plotting, well-drawn characters and plenty of suspense, it makes for a compelling read.
So everything started with a paragraph you barely can forget.
"You know how it is at that time of year, the days seem to last forever. It was a perfect day as you could imagine- until she left.
One minute she was waving to me, telling me to be a good boy, then she climbed into a shiny black sedan and sped away behind dark windows. If I had known it was going to be the last time that I ever saw her, I would have run after he, grabbed ahold of her, and held her back with all of my night. But I didn't budge. I waved and went back to what I was doing, just like it was another day"
And then to complement that first paragraph this happens.
"You still miss her."
After all this, I got the chill. And got secretly invited to a different kind of story. Hud Matthews was working on this case, but everything seemed weird to me.
If you like darker stories, with a different twist, you might find this book interesting full of things that are waiting to be revealed.
this novel is well written. The atmosphere of decay and desperation is convincing. The town is a faded Peyton Place, still protective of its secrets and lies. Solving both sets of crimes wil expose the corruption at its core. None of the characters is especially likable but they are interesting. Not an uplifting story by any means but one where the truth does not lead to either redemption or freedom.
Hud Matthews was a police detective in Detroit when an incident prompts him to leave (or rather, he is forced to leave) and that puts him on the path to return to his hometown. His plan is to resolve the mystery of his long-ago missing mother but instead, he ends up doing what he did in the big city: investigating a murder.
The dueling storylines are an interesting angle. Again, I usually like these types of stories but for some reason, I wasn't able to connect with Hud or other characters. Not quite sure what it was but while it is well written, it just seems like there is a spark that is missing.
What I didn't realize while reading the book but looking at the author's page to learn more about him--because how did I not know this writer--was that I have read a book of his before. The first book I read by Sweazy was also a pleasing old fashioned mystery. Once I saw the other book, wow, of course, that is the same writer. The other book I have read by Sweazy is See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery (Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries) which is another excellent story. It made me go look for it to reread it.
Sweazy is an excellent first class writer.