Title: Tracking A Shadow
Author: R. Weir
Published Date: August 14, 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Never knowing where his next case will come from, Private Detective Jarvis Mann is thrilled when his voicemail is lit up by the sexy tones of a lady looking to hire him. Successful business woman Emily White with girl next door looks, is certain someone is stalking her and wants Jarvis to track down the elusive shadow. Even with three suspects, an ex-husband who lives to play softball, a sexist pig ex-employee and a mystery man who he encounters with painful results, Jarvis believes it’s all in Emily’s head until a killing in her home convinces him otherwise. Further complicating matters a powerful business man and crime boss becomes involved muddying up the case, leaving Jarvis the prime suspect in the brutal beating of one of the possible stalkers, threatening to put his PI career on ice. Navigating through each twist and turn in the case, and the affections of two desirable women both with an agenda, Jarvis uses dogged determination and razor sharp wit in Tracking a Shadow that moves across the Denver landscape with each shift in the sun.
Tracking A Shadow is R. Wier’s second novel. It is an enjoyable detective mystery. While part of a series with minor references to the prior book, it appears that each book has been written as a stand-alone novel.
The characters are well developed. The women are a bit mysterious, but aren’t they always a mystery to men? Jarvis Mann, PI, is the leading character and the story is told in his voice. He is a normal guy–has some skills, charm and enough ambition to comfortably live from job to job. He is probably a little less cool then he thinks he is, but a likable character with some moral fiber. Emily White, who hires Jarvis, to track her stalker is terribly complicated. The remaining cast of characters add fully to the mystery and to Jarvis’ question of who to trust?
The story is well paced; I never felt the plot dragged. While Mr. Weir did layout a fine trail of red herrings, there are sufficient clues for the reader to get a feel for where the mystery is leading (albeit not the exact answer). At times the dialogue felt flat, but that gave the story a classic gumshoe feel (a la 1940s film noir). I appreciated the fade-to-black sex scenes that didn’t take over the story. Jarvis solves the mystery and negotiates the ending smoothly yet realistically. I won’t give away the mystery by discussing the story in too much detail because the fun is in the journey.
Tracking A Shadow is a fun escape, and I’m looking forward to reading more Jarvis Mann mysteries.
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