" Dismas Hardy, former policeman and lawyer, is now a bartender. A friend, Eddie, apparently commits suicide, and Hardy is tasked by his bartender boss (also a family friend) to make sure the cops don't write it off as a suicide. Along the way, we find out why Hardy has dropped out of life. The basic plot was that Eddie seemed to have gotten mixed up in a drug deal that his employer was trying to pull together since his business was failing, and that lead to his murder. I have read other Dismas Hardy books and thought I should read from the start. This was pretty weak. A lot of hand wringing and and touchy feely crap at the start of the book, with Eddie's family and the family priest, Father Cavanaugh. The story plodded along, too many characters that were underdeveloped, and just not enough to keep it interesting. Oh, and the big plot twist was pretty easy to see coming. Probably 1 1/2 stars. I was skimming by the last quarter of the book. And too much bad language. "
— Bruce, 12/6/2013