Friday, November 9, 2012
Falling Immortality by Robert Downs
Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn’t what it seems to be and he doesn’t have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey's challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can’t seem to remove his head from his butt. And he’ll need all of his wits to complete the task. (-synopsis from Goodreads)
Casey is a private eye who will do whatever it takes to solve the case. When Felicity enters his office and talks about her dead husband, Casey is intrigued. When Felicity runs out of the office in the middle of their conversation he decides to get to work.
The novel follows Casey as he pumps Ian, his best friend the cop, for information on an old case. When he doesn't get the information he needs there he goes to the witnesses. Even when they aren't willing to talk he somehow manages to see them and get some more details about the murder. When he starts asking questions about Tiny, the owner of a bar, he ends up on top of a roof in a fight for his life.
I found Casey to be egotistical and a bit annoying. He never shuts up throughout the entire book and often talks about how great he is. He has two girlfriends but apparently that isn't enough because he gets some action from a few of the witnesses as well. He has a flashy Dodge Viper which he also likes to talk about.
I had some difficulty keeping track of the secondary characters in the book. They were brought up multiple times but in different situations which made it confusing for me.
The story itself and the mystery were interesting. There are a lot of clues, information on the murder, and twists in the story you are never really sure who murdered Felicity's husband. While there is some action in the book, the conclusion leaves something to be desired.
I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.