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LITERARY Scene By Ryan G. Van Cleave


BLOOD TRUTH by Matt Coyle reviewed by Ryan G. Van Cleave

A-LIST by D.P. Lyle reviewed by Christian Saenz This was my first D.P. Lyle book, so I had no idea what to expect from this prolific mystery writer who’s been a California cardiologist for the past 40 years. Would A-List be a thrilling, action-packed mystery, or a cozy, erudite puzzler? Lyle artfully manages to satisfy both types of readers in his latest book featuring ex-athlete private investigator Jake Longly. A-List is thrilling, because Longly finds himself dodging both mob goons and Hollywood defense attorneys while he investigates the murder of Kristi Guidry, whose body is found in a locked hotel room with Kirk Ford, a movie megastar in town to film an episode of a billion-dollar franchise. Ford claims that he’s been framed despite all evidence to the contrary and he’s worried that his blockbuster sequel—and his entire career—is in jeopardy. A-List is also cozy, depicting a tight-knight community full of quirky, potential informants who each meet Jake in the French Quarter’s luxury restaurants and bars. The story twists and turns as the case grows stranger the closer it gets to being solved. No matter what Jake does, the truth always seems just out of reach. Lyle brings New Orleans to life through its lively food culture and a cast of richly-textured characters that both surprise and endear in equal measure. Quippy dialogue peppered with hilarious one-liners helps make this a memorable read. Though it takes a smidge too long to reveal, the clever twist at the climax is delightfully satisfying.

Best-selling author Matt Coyle’s fourth installment in the hard-boiled PI Rick Cahill crime novels is engrossing. Blood Truth has what we’ve come to expect from Coyle—a meticulous plot, a brooding atmosphere, plenty of action, and a down-on-his-luck screwup who you can’t help but root for. Cahill’s got that kind of gritty Harry Bosch appeal. This story begins with a woman asking Cahill for help with a husband who likely is cheating. The issue? The woman is Cahill’s ex and it’s clear she’s likely the love of his life. Things go bad for them both when the Other Woman winds up dead. Cahill’s own life is made worse when he comes across Rating: a long-hidden safe that has clues about why his father got booted from the police force twentysomething years ago before drinking himself to death as a result. The idea of grappling again with those dark memories is not something Cahill wants to deal with. Tough questions lurk throughout these pages. Will the truth of the Other Woman’s murder bring NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017 | 1 P.M. – 2 P.M. Cahill’s ex back to him? Will the truth about his Thanks to a partnership between Barnes & Noble, Ringling College father’s past free him of a dark family legacy of Art and Design’s Creative Writing program, and Sarasota Scene shame? Will La Jolla ever be a place that Cahill can find happiness? Or redemption? Magazine, you can meet bestselling author and resident Love Guru Coyle’s a fine writer and while this book is far richer on the morning TV show “Daytime” Lisa Daily on Saturday, November 18 from 1-2pm if you’ve read the previous three Cahill books, it still at Barnes & Noble (4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). Come hear Lisa talk about the works well enough on its own. If you like the books creation of her novel Single-Minded (reviewed in the August 2017 issue!) as well as her of Michael Connelly or Ross MacDonald, you’ll own career as a relationship expert and award-winning author. probably enjoy Blood Truth, too.

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