Bad Things Happen Author:Harry Dolan The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He?s hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets?and into an affair... more » with Laura, Tom?s sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn?t realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die.
Elizabeth Waishkey is a single mother. She?s also the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesn?t know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her discover the truth? Loogan suspects his friend?s death is part of a much larger puzzle, and he?s not going to wait for someone else to put the pieces together.
As Loogan and Elizabeth navigate their way through Kristoll?s world, they find no shortage of people with motives for murder, from a young graduate student obsessed with Laura Kristoll to a trio of bestselling writers, all of them with secrets they don?t want uncovered. But as the deaths start mounting up?some of them echoing stories published in Gray Streets?Loogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect. Soon it becomes clear that only Elizabeth can find the path to solving both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.« less
Interesting plotline and characters. However this reads like an academic exercise in a Writing Mysteries 101 Class. I have a personal bias against academic style writing because it is passive to the extreme, lacks punch, and is excessively constrained by structure. In this case this style of writing distracted me from the story itself. If you don't mind the academic style of writing you will like this one. My wife, who is an academic and isn't phased by meandering prose and passive language, loved this book and is recommending it to everyone. So, there you go. To each his/her own.
This was a very well written book! It was a great murder mystery with so many twists and turns. A Hitchcock-like tale. The characters were very rich and enjoyable, as well. Highly recommend if you are a fan of murder mysteries.