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Scintillating Detective Mystery!
This review is from: Blood Brothers: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel (Kindle Edition)
R. Weir's Jarvis Mann novels are classic gumshoe mysteries that bring to mind classic film-noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon. Blood Brothers is the fourth book in Weir's detective series. While there are references to prior books, Weir provides enough detail that new readers won't be lost.
Jarvis Mann returns to his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa in this latest installment. Readers get incredible insight into Jarvis as he flashes back to his childhood while he is working his current case. As he visits old haunts, he is welcomed as a crime fighting hero (due to his last case in Twice as Fatal) by family friends and ex-girlfriends alike.
Jarvis tries to maintain a long-distance relationship with Denver girlfriend, Melissa, while checking on his older brother Flynn at the request of Flynn's wife, Helen. Nothing is ever straightforward and simple for Jarvis Mann, so this case of familial infidelity quickly escalates into a murder and money laundering case. It's personal, so Jarvis Mann calls in all his owed favors. Nothing like knowing people from low places....
Weir's storytelling improves with each novel. In Blood Brothers, Weir has excellently developed all the involved primary and secondary characters. The extra insight into leading man, Mann, really makes him empathetic. Mann tried so hard to be a good guy, and sometimes--actually most of the time--he avoids temptation and is a stand-up guy. The addition of Weir's dry humor throughout the story gave me a few chuckles while reading. The plot twists and turns are doled out so that tension and suspense is maximized.
Review done in conjunction with Book Junkie reviews blog.
Blood Brothers is R. Weir's best Jarvis Mann novel to date. An excellent, suspenseful detective mystery.