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Very Bad Men

A book by Harry Dolan.

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A First Rate Mystery!

  • Sep 6, 2011
This is a very good mystery by a very promising author. David Loogan is back to solve another mystery. He is now in charge of Gray Streets publishing. As Loogan had done in the first book, another individual leaves a manuscript in an envelope at the door of the office. David reads it and it turns out to describe in detail a murder that the author committed and a few others that he is about to commit. Loogan shares this info with his live-in policewoman girlfriend, Elizabeth and they go off to try to solve the mystery.

Everything leads to a failed bank robbery from 17 years prior. Anthony Lark is obsessed with killing the remaining individuals (one was already dead) who committed that robbery. Additionally there are specific individuals that may have something to hide and may also want the original robbers dead.

As David and Elizabeth investigate, the author keeps throwing in more twists to the plot. As in the first book Loogan likes to accuse just about everyone to their face and in this tale he seems to accuse several people of being the unknown “fifth robber” from the original bank job. The fifth robber was never caught and also caused the death of a police officer when he fled the scene.

The author seems to once again use a combination of David Loogan first person narrative and third person narrative (in the chapters that don’t involve Loogan) rather well. Dolan has once again succeeded in spinning a first rate mystery. I did think that some of the plot twists were excessive especially with the character of Nancy Navarro, who seems to be a bumbling reporter that doesn’t know what she is investigating. Otherwise I would have rated the tale a full five stars.

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David Loogan returns! Loogan is living in Ann Arbor with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter, Sarah. He's settled into a quiet routine as editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets -- until one day he finds a manuscript outside his door. It begins: "I killed Henry Kormoran."

Anthony Lark has drawn up a list of names -- Terry Dawtrey, Sutton Bell, Henry Kormoran. To his eyes, the names glow red on the page. They move. They breathe. The three men on the list have little in common except that seventeen years ago they were involved in a notorious robbery. And now Anthony Lark is hunting them down, and he won't stop until every one of them is dead.

"A riveting crime novel . . . Relentless pacing, a wry sense of humor, and an engaging protagonist add up to another winner for Dolan." -- Publishers Weekly

"A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey. . . . The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Smooth and appealing . . . [A] twist-filled adventure . . . The literate Loogan, who carries a Swiss Army knife instead of a gun and can improvise a weapon out of 500 sheets of recycled-bond paper, strikes an engaging tone between hard-boiled and whimsical." -- Tom Nolan, The Wall Street ...
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ISBN-10: 0399157492
ISBN-13: 978-0399157493
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

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