by Gabriel Valjan
March 21 - April 15, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
But a visit from a friend shakes up his status quo. Chess may be the metaphor, but the case is one that lifts the lid on problems nobody in Boston wants to talk about.
Murder. Race. Class. It's all Hush Hush.
Neither the crime nor the verdict is simple, and yet it is Black and White.
Shane will need more than a suit of armor if he wants to play knight. Can Justice be found? And at what cost?
Praise for HUSH HUSH:
“HUSH HUSH is filled with biting wisdom, savory dialogue, and the authentic flavor of 70's Boston.”
— Cheryl Head, author of the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series
“Inspired by real events, ‘HUSH HUSH’ shines a harsh light on Boston’s seedy underbelly, exposing an ugly past on racial injustice and media coverage. And Valjan and his protagonist Cleary get better at every turn. With compelling characters, sharp prose and wit, and a slew of historical facts, Valjan weaves a clever and twisty mystery that will linger long after you turn the last page.”
— Marco Carocari, author of BLACKOUT
Valjan takes us to Boston in the 1970s when the police were tough and the mob tougher. Valjan does a good job of giving readers the flavor of the city, the culture, the society, racial tension and people people caught up in it all.
Cleary is a hard boiled PI. His lapsed license means he can't really investigate but he can do research for a defense lawyer. He is as tough as those he's after and he knows where to get the information and influence he needs. He's a bit of an unusual character, familiar with classic Greek literature and poetry too. And he knows that the Chinese and Vietnamese languages have no articles like a, an, or the. That was something I learned in my reading this novel.
Valjan's writing style is snappy, so much so that some times I had difficulty understanding the dialogue. The conversations are realistic, I am sure, but the way rough people talk does not always present a clear conversation. I do appreciate the author's note at the end as to what elements of the novel are based on historical fact.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: January 11th 2022
Number of Pages: 230
Series: Shane Cleary Mystery, #3
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