Review: Wrong Light by Matt Coyle

Wrong Light is the 5th book in the Rick Cahill series about a former policeman and now much-maligned private investigator. It was nominated for a Lefty Award as well as a Shamus Award.

Book Details

Title: Wrong Light
Author: Matt Coyle
Pages: 352
Published Date: Dec 2018
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Series Details: 5th book in the Rick Cahill series
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Publisher's Synopsis

Naomi Hendrix’s sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn’t the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking Naomi, hiding in the shadows of the night, waiting for the right moment to snatch her and fulfill a twisted fantasy.

When Naomi’s radio station hires PI Rick Cahill to protect Naomi and track down the stalker, he discovers that Naomi is hiding secrets about her past that could help unmask the man. However, before Rick can extract the truth from Naomi, he is thrust into a missing person’s case—an abduction he may have unwittingly caused. The investigating detective questions Rick’s motives for getting involved and pressures him to stop meddling.

While Rick pursues Naomi’s stalker and battles the police, evil ricochets from his own past and embroils Rick in a race to find the truth about an old nemesis. Is settling the score worth losing everything?


Publisher's Weekly

"...The Stone surveillance takes several puzzling turns that portend nothing good for Cahill, and the body count rises as a killer closes in on Naomi. Distinctive characters and a powerful narrative compensate for the implausibly complex plot of this grim tale." - Read full review

New York Journal of Books

"...A complex character, Rick Cahill is a refreshingly original PI with a dark past who will not hesitate to take the law into his own hands, if need be. Wrong Light is compulsive storytelling, intelligently scripted, and filled with twists and turns you never see coming... - Read full review

Amazon Reviews

"If you’re new to Matt Coyle’s Rick Cahill series, I still recommend you enrich your experience by starting at the beginning. But any way you acquaint yourself with these noir novels, you’ll be glad you did."

At the time of writing there are 65 reviews posted to the Amazon website for an average of 4.4/5 stars. You can read these reviews by visiting the Amazon website.

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