by Shawn Wilson
October 31 - November 25, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
After the trauma of his last case, and after three months spent recovering in Ireland, life is looking up for newly retired homicide detective Brian (Brick) Kavanagh. Back home in Washington, D.C., a new job shows promise when he’s asked to train criminology students in cold case techniques.
Then he’s off to a whirlwind weekend in Chicago with Nora, an Aer Lingus flight attendant he’d met in Ireland. There he receives shocking news that his former partner’s wife and twin infants have been kidnapped. Brick rushes to D.C. to support Ron, the man who’s always had his back—but as days pass, Brick questions how well he really knows this man.
Brick’s cold case—the unsolved hit-and-run death of a college student—is heating up. Brick finds gaping holes in the original investigation. Is it possible diplomatic immunity granted someone a “get-out-of-jail-free card”?
Meanwhile, Ron’s family tragedy unfolds in a most bizarre manner, and the escalating cold case points to D.C. corruption at the highest level. Things are getting complicated . . . very complicated . . . and dangerous.
Praise for Duplicity:
"...it’s a cracking good time. One doesn’t have to be a mystery fan to relish this."
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Duplicity is a compelling read with depth and a protagonist you’ll want to spend more time with. I’ll be first in line to see what’s next for Brick Kavanagh!”
David Putnam, bestselling author of the Bruno Johnson crime series
"...you’re in for an engrossing and entertaining read.”
Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author
"Duplicity is a delightful, twisty thriller featuring a hero it’s impossible not to love… I raced through the pages ‘til three a.m. rooting for him to succeed.”
Matt Witten, author The Necklace
This is the second novel in a series and while it reads relatively well on its own, the earlier one should be read first to fully appreciate this one. Brick has retired from the police after a traumatic event found in the first novel. He's been away from Washington, D.C. for months, trying to understand his life and his future. The first third of the book tells of Brick's life upon his return. The narrative moves at a methodical pace before anything exciting happens. It isn't until about half way through he book that the plot solidifies and the novel becomes engaging.
Brick is a good hero. That's good because most of the book is about him. There are very few suspenseful scenes. This is a novel for readers who like emphasis on character rather than suspense or investigative procedure.
I like Brick as a character although he is not very aggressive. I do hope he comes into his own, finding a new career after police work. I'll be watching to see if Wilson provides readers with more of Brick.
You can read my review of the first novel in this series, Relentless, here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: October 2022
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781608095100 (ISBN10: 160809510X)
Series: The Brick Kavanagh Series, 2 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)