Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Broken Dreams (Joe Geraghty) by Nick Quantrill
Another great PI from the UK. Joe Geraghty's wife died some time ago, which he hasn't managed to deal with exactly. A murder case and a missing persons case get him involved with a local gangster-turned-respectable businessman. It turns out there's a link with the death of his wife, making this case very personal.
Joe is not a superhero. He's tough and smart but gets beaten up a lot. He works with other people in his firm, sometimes making this book read more like a police procedural than a PI novel.
The mystery is good enough, Joe is a nice guy, making you root for him and the language is perfect. There doesn't seem to be much of a special style to Nick's writing but that's just the thing that makes his writing special. It's easy to read and engaging. I'm looking forward to more.