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From Booklist Boston private investigator John Francis Cuddy is Healy's best-known creation. But as these 10 short stories and one novella illustrate, Healy is capable of creating believable characters and clever plots outside the confines of the modern private-eye novel. The novella, 'Off-Season,' finds vacationing Boston police detective Kevin Malloy helping the apparently befuddled police chief of a small Caribbean island solve a locked-room mystery. 'The Safest Little Town in Texas' is a perfect example of a Chamber of Commerce marketing phrase being both misleading and deadly accurate, as one small-time hood finds out. A short highlight is 'Rotten to the Core,' in which the son of a widowed apple farmer has his nefarious plans pointed right back at him. Healy's work--Cuddy and otherwise--is notable for its sly humor and sharp dialogue. Both are present in abundance in this very enjoyable collection. Wes LukowskyCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved Read more Review 'Boston private investigator John Francis Cuddy is Healy's best-know creation. But as these 10 short stories and one novella illustrate, Healy is capable of creating believable characters and clever plots outside the confines of the modern private-eye novel...Healy's work--Cuddy and otherwise--is notable for its sly humor and sharp dialogue. Both are present in abundance in this very enjoyable collection.' -- Booklist (August 2003) (Booklist 2003-08-01)'Each of the eleven entires is well written and contains the trademark Jeremiah Healy final twist...' -- AllReaders (All Readers)'... a superb police procedural...' -- Book Crossing (Book Crossing) Read more

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