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By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue has been beaten to death with a lead pipe. Twenty-eight minutes later, Detective Mike O’Shea is testifying in a stuffy courtroom, unaware that, within an hour, he will be standing in an alleyway littered with beer cans and condoms while his new partner—the man who saved his life thirteen years ago—flicks bugs off of a battered corpse with a ballpoint pen. When a rogue undercover copper prematurely hauls in the prime suspect, Mike blows a fuse, resulting in an unlikely rapport developing between him and the lead homicide detective sergeant, a woman known for her stilettos and razor sharp investigative skills. At the end of his seventy-two-hour shift, three men are dead and Mike O’Shea is floating in and out of consciousness in an emergency room hallway, two women by his side.
Death Before Coffee, the second book in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, weaves a homicide investigation through the life of an inner-city police detective intent on balancing his responsibilities as a son, brother, and newly single father with his sworn oath of duty. When faced with death, Mike is forced to make decisions that stir up old memories, compelling him to confront his demons while fighting the good fight.
Published in eBook and paperback on 8th February 2019.
This is the sequel to 10-33 Assist PC and the novella The Funeral although 13 years have passed. I read it without reading the previous books and although the previous events are refered to, it is easy to read as a stand alone. If you get the opportunity though I would recommend reading in order.
This novel is written in such a unique way. The short, punchy, to the point sentences give off the impression of a no-nonsense, no frills detective story that is just heavily focussed on telling the story of its main detective, Mike O’ Shea and the murder investigation. The short timescale of the events in the book makes an intense ride. The buzz created by the writer creates the vibe of both the gritty and the mundane aspects of real police work brilliantly and honestly. Mr Ryan’s real life experience just oozes from every page, making this such a brilliant read from start to end. There is no sugar-coating, no glitz or glamour, just legitimate, truthful writing.
Mike O’ Shea is written beautifully. Still vulnerable and trapped in the events of 13 years ago he is highly dedicated to his job, but not to himself or his wife. It’s difficult not to become part of Mike as the investigation happens. He is exhausted, his mind on so many things and carrying the weight of his partner’s death so clearly on his sleeve.
This is such a brilliant crime novel and I will be off to read the other 2 in the very near future.
Author Bio – Desmond P. Ryan
For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan worked as a cop in the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in Toronto, the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.
Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. And now, as a retired detective, he writes crime fiction.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction