Cameron Caldwell left his job in the police force of a small town in disgrace allegedly, because of his drinking and assault of a police officer, but the real reason behind his departure is his secret sight and corruption. Newly arrived in Miner’s Bluff, he sets up his own private detective agency and meets the locals. However, the murder of Mayor and self-proclaimed richest man in town, Billy Prescott, draws Cam into an investigation where his new friends are the prime suspects. Can he find the killer and save himself from his old boss who is gunning for him?
This was a short, easy to read crime thriller with a bit of a supernatural twist, which hits the road running. There is no lengthy preamble as you are launched into the unusual world of Cam Caldwell. Initially his predilection for alcohol has you labelling him as a big booze hound, but you soon discover he drinks to dull the special sight he possesses. The characters in this book are eccentric and larger than life, which is no mean fear for a relatively short read with so much going on.
Small town politics and gossip aside I enjoyed the unravelling of this mystery thriller, the conclusion to which I did not see coming. The eccentric artist Claude and his sister Daphne along with a turner and Hank make up an unlikely tram of support for our usually inebriated hero. The book is gory in parts but not enough to challenge those who are sensitive to blood and guts and although I found it engaging I wasn’t at the edge of my seat whilst reading this one. Apart from the odd forgive able typo, this book was a pleasure to read and the characters are very worthy of a revisit in future. I hope to read more about Cam and his choices in future books.