Dirty Old Town by Gabriel Valjan
Book 1: A Shane Cleary Mystery Series
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Format: Paperback - 172 pages
Kindle - 1962 KB / 172 pages
Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 978-1947915442ASIN: B082XGX5NK
Genre: Mystery / Crime Fiction / Historical Fiction / Procedural
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book via the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
“Robert B. Parker would stand and cheer, and George V. Higgins would join the ovation. This is a terrific book–tough, smart, spare, and authentic. Gabriel Valjan is a true talent–impressive and skilled–providing knock-out prose, a fine-tuned sense of place and sleekly wry style.”– Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of The Murder List
Shane Cleary, a PI in a city where the cops want him dead, is tough, honest and broke. When he’s asked to look into a case of blackmail, the money is too good for him to refuse, even though the client is a snake and his wife is the woman who stomped on Shane’s heart years before. When a fellow vet and Boston cop with a secret asks Shane to find a missing person, the paying gig and the favor for a friend lead Shane to an arsonist, mobsters, a shady sports agent, and Boston’s deadliest hitman, the Barbarian. With both criminals and cops out to get him, the pressure is on for Shane to put all the pieces together before time runs out.
My Book Review:
In Dirty Old Town, book one in the Shane Cleary Mystery Series, author Gabriel Valjan takes the reader behind the scenes of a riveting crime fiction as down and out ex-Boston cop turned PI Shane Cleary navigates the slippery slope of investigating a blackmail case and a missing person case, while trying to stay below the radar of the Boston PD brethren that he had betrayed.
Dirty Old Town is a riveting crime story that easily draws the reader in from the start. The author provides the reader with a fascinating and richly detailed crime thriller set in 1970s Boston. Told in the first person narrative by Shane, this gritty story has enough drama, secrets, deception, tension, and surprising twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing if Shane will be able to solve both cases, while dealing with backstabbing old friends, mobsters, and a variety of criminal types that try to hinder his every move. I loved the throwback to the 1970s decade, and I really appreciated reading about Shane's past.
Dirty Old Town is a well-written, fast paced story that left me interested in finding out what Shane's next investigative adventure will be in the continuation of the series.
RATING: 4 STARS
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