The Price for Harmony by Jeffrey M. Thompson Jr.
John Marion Bradley, AKA Duke Bradley, AKA the best private eye in Akron, Ohio hasn’t had much of a break since he solved the murder of Karen Linford and things are starting to get a little stale in his office…not to mention that money is a little tighter. So, when the cold case murder of Harmony Bane, a mutilated transgender goth girl, comes across his desk, it is a hard case to resist, but maybe even a harder case to solve. Duke’s detective work and gut instincts take him and his beautiful FBI sidekick, Shriya Thakur, to places and persons of interest that the original investigators had completely missed. However, the deeper in that Duke and Shriya get, the more they find that things become darker, more opaque, and possibly even harder to unravel. While the days of classic private eyes and film noir may be behind us, Duke Bradley is still a mind to be reckoned with and a sight to be seen. Seeking out truth, justice, and cigarette money all while keeping his coconut-straw fedora clean, Duke Bradley has certainly earned the title of Private Eye. The Price for Harmony is a good, clean murder mystery if ever there was one. Throw in some corrupt politicians, a little relationship drama, and a few vampires and Jeffrey M. Thompson Jr. has your weekend plans covered– just order up a veggie pizza.
The Price for Harmony is extremely well-written and perfectly executed, with characters whose foibles make them relatable and lovable. The process by which Duke solves the mysteries he encounters is believable and, while his luck just does not seem to be getting any better, one can’t help but root for the underdog. Thompson will actually have you wishing for more murders, just to keep Duke Bradley Private Eye in business. Oh, and just in case you miss the plug for Storm Ketchum, he is a retiree turned secret detective and it is extremely inadvisable to miss out on his adventures.
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