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The Fairfax Incident by Terrence McCauley

Against all evidence, New York insurance executive Walter Fairfax's widow is convinced her husband did not commit suicide. Mrs. Fairfax hires ex-Marine, ex-cop-turned-P.I. Charlie Doherty to investigate Walter's death. Charlie discovers not only Mr. Fairfax's link to a much wider-ranging, more sinister plot but also the truth about his own benefactor, Harriman Van Dorn.

A follow-up to Terrence McCauley's 2013 novel Slow Burn, The Fairfax Incident is set a year later, 1933. I haven't read the previous novel, but Charlie's world-weary voice and McCauley's eye for detail quickly transported me to the period. And just as Charlie seems a pawn in the larger scheme of the story, I have to admire McCauley's use of The Fairfax Incident to tie Charlie into his University espionage series.

The Fairfax Incident goes on sale June 5.

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