on October 1, 2013 by Raven Books
second book in the Casey of the Clarion crime fiction series for adults.
City Councilor George Hamilton Nash has left his wife and moved into a
posh West End condo. When the wealthy man-about-town turns up dead, a
suicide note beside his body, the police are prepared to treat it as an
open-and-shut case. But Sebastian Casey, who covers city hall for the
West End Clarion, is not so sure. He knows something of Nash's
reputation as a ladies' man and very quickly discovers no shortage of
suspects. The question is, of course, which one did it?
DROR, CM MAGAZINE (November 8, 2013). The story is quick and clever, though
it would have been nice to linger and lean on misdirection just a little
longer. As with all the “Rapid Reads”, a Raven Books series
of well-written short books, the book’s short chapters, swift pace,
and simple and clear language make it a great read for absolutely anyone.
That's not to say that Heneghan didn't infuse this book with any artful
writing. There is foreshadowing and consistent themes throughout, and
wordplay in dialogue gives the characters some zing and the reader something
fun to google. Classic sayings, such as “ugly mugs” and “leave
the police business to the police!”, pay homage to the genre's history,
but it is all somehow believable, in good fun and in good taste, making
this Rapid Read a delight.
JONES, BOOKLIST. Sebastian Casey—but, please, call him Casey—a
reporter for the West End Clarion in Vancouver, investigates the death
of councilor George Hamilton Nash. It was ruled a suicide, but Casey has
his doubts since Nash told him, off the record, that he planned on running
for mayor. Toss in a string of affairs, a recent separation, and a few
other key elements that simply don’t line up, and before long the
case is ruled a homicide. Casey finds the case a worthy diversion with
his girlfriend away in Ireland, especially since his fascination with
Nash’s murder is tied to the pain of the girlfriend’s infidelity,
which, in turn, parallels nicely with Nash’s own indiscretions.
Heneghan crafts a striking character study, which unfurls deliberately—something
of a feat considering the brevity of the novel, his second entry in Orca’s
Rapid Reads series. A suspenseful, intriguing, yet comfortably low-key