Jeremiah Healy is one of mystery's class acts AND talented author.
This is 3d in his John Cuddy series.
Jonathan Healy is a favorite author of mine.
I think this is one of the best of Healy's John Cuddy series. The victim was his best buddy from Vietnam. Because part of the mutilation done to the body is a message only Cuddy will recognize, he has to go beyond the law to avenge his friend. A great read.
A friend's murder takes Cuddy back to the dark days of Vietnam.
As military policemen, John Francis Cuddy and Al Sachs bonded while patrolling the wild streets of American-occupied Saigon. Over a decade later, Cuddy is a private detective making a living in Boston's back alleys. Awoken by a ringing phone at 7 a.m., Cuddy is shocked to hear Sachs asking to meet for a drink that night. His old friend's voice reminds him of the time a Cagney movie inspired Sachs to say that, if ever captured by enemy agents, he would break his pinkie finger to signal to Cuddy that his death was not an accident. Sachs never shows for the drink, and the next morning he is found naked in a park, his body mangled and his pinkie broken.
To avenge his friend, Cuddy confronts a dark military cover-up and travels back to the war zone he thought he left behind years ago.
This second installment of the John Francis Cuddy series was even better than his debut novel. This fast-paced plot was more complex than the first book and the action moves fast and kept my interest until the very end. The characters are very interesting and believable. The murder of Cuddy's friend stems back to Vietnam and has lots of twists and turns. Cuddy visits his wife grave a couple times in each book and tells her what is happening in his life. This book shows a start of a relationship, the first since his wife's death. Each book leaves you with a feeling that you need to read the next one in order to see what will happen next. I look forward to reading the 3rd in the series very soon and I highly recommend this series to those who like mystery books with a likable, realistic and endearingly human character.