By Jonathon King
Together with his first novel The Blue fringe of hour of darkness, Jonathon King used to be praised for his "powerful storytelling" (San Diego Union-Tribune), for his "stunning" and "superb" writing (Pittsburgh Tribune), and for including "new dimensions to the trendy crime novel" (Michael Connelly). And, in a starred evaluate, Publishers Weekly in comparison King to James corridor, Robert Parker, and James Lee Burke. Now, in a visual Darkness, King offers one other gripping, unforgettable tale. Max Freeman is looking for safe haven from the common demons of his former existence as a Philadelphia police officer, in his secluded shack deep within the Everglades. yet his self-imposed isolation is inter-rupted while he gets a determined name from his ally, lawyer Billy Manchester. there was a contemporary string of suspicious deaths-all aged ladies, all from a bad local, and all with vast and lately sold-off assurance policies-which the police were not able, or unwilling, to enquire. Billy believes whatever sinister can be at paintings, and so, to aid his pal, Max needs to reluctantly pry the place he isn't sought after, and act just like the cop he is attempting to put out of your mind he used to be. to find an unseen killer, Max will confront not just the hazards of a forgotten Florida cityscape, however the unforeseen and darkish corners of his personal previous besides. full of twists, turns, and a wide ranging evocation of a infrequently glimpsed underside of recent the USA, a visual Darkness confirms Jonathon King's position on the leading edge of a brand new new release of crime novelists.
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The third was sitting in a metal folding chair, his legs splayed out, one hand dangling down, the other folded in the vicinity of his crotch. He faced the street, and although there were three or four other bent and rusted chairs empty around him, the other two remained standing, their hands in their pockets, their backs turned to the street and to me. As I passed, the sitting man checked me out using the torsos of his boys as bad cover for his surveillance. It was a scene being played out on thousands of corners all over the country, I thought.
Y-You are 1-looking well,” he said in his standard greeting. It had taken me some time to get used to Billy’s stutter, and only part of the effort had been because of the incongruity with his appearance and obvious success. But the constant reminder was the way his speech pattern turned on and off. His is a tension stutterer. On the phone, from the other side of a wall, even through a darkened doorway opening, his voice is clear, smooth and flawless. Face-to-face, his words clatter and fall from his mouth.
When I suggested his suspicions might best be handed off to an insurance investigator, he was, as usual, ahead of me. He had contacted several who worked for the three different companies who insured the five women. There had been little interest. They too had written the deaths off as natural and paid out without question. Only one of the companies, a small, independent firm, had agreed to send out a representative. We were meeting him for lunch. “I am s-sorry, M-Max. I’m asking too m-much. ” Billy said.
A Visible Darkness (Max Freeman Novels) by Jonathon King