Shamus nominated (PBO), "The Poisoned Rose by D. Daniel Judson is a dark, hard-boiled, noir novel of what could have been, what is, regret, guilt and mayhem.
Part time PI Declan MacManus is morose, somber, troubled---his world is bleak and fueled by alcohol and vegetarian fare. At his core he is a decent guy who abhors injustice and is fiercely loyal to his limited number of friends.
A killer, the police chief and the past are after him---and who is the mastermind manipulating all this?
The whodunit turns on the past haunting the present---but more than a superb whodunit, the story is the mystery of MacManus.
Flowing with action, fast paced, a multi-colored cast of lawbreakers, "The Poisoned Rose" is perpetual motion. Mr. Judson's prose is lean and economical and the plot is completely unpredictable.
I finished it in less than twenty-four hours---could not put it down.
first time author for me good book
Good story about a down and out private investigor who past becomes is present. Good read. New author with only one other book published.
Just finished rading this today! Started reading this 3 days ago and hated to put it down. Keeps you on your toes. because Declan MacManus is always getting in trouble trying to help everyone!