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Mann in the Crossfire by R. Weir

Jarvis Mann Detective, Book 8

Book review of MANN IN THE CROSSFIRE by R. Weir
Is this the end for PI Jarvis Mann?

A surprising murder of an associate Sends Jarvis on a trip to San Diego to investigate. A trail of clues direct him to a gang member who wants him eliminated
While a local detective agency is hot on his tail with nefarious plans of their own
Battered and beaten, Jarvis battles to forge on, tracking the evidence
Directing him to a dangerous discovery that he may not be able to fight his way out of
Desperate for backup, with nowhere else to turn
He enlists lethal foes to render essential aid
Will these illicit associations spell the end of his career and possibly his life…
For Jarvis is truly a Mann in the Crossfire.
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Mystery, Private Investigator, Thriller
Pub. Date: March 25, 2019

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When Jarvis hears the news that Rocky, a former associate, is dead, he goes to San Diego to investigate. In San Diego, Jarvis' investigation leads him to a gang member who wants him dead. Even worse, there is some sleazy private detective following him around for who knows what reason. Unable to fend off several people who want to take his life, Jarvis is forced to call for reinforcements; however, those reinforcements have their own seductive reasons to help him.

If you thought there was a lot going in the previous "Jarvis Mann" books, hold on to your eReaders because there's more happening in this one! There are many plot points that have the potential to baffle readers; however, Weir provides clear and concise explanations to prevent this from happening. In case you missed the point I made about clear and concise explanations, it's worth repeating because Weir avoids long, drawn-out explanations that tend to irritate readers who dislike long breaks in the action, or bore readers like me to tears.

There is loads of action in this book, which definitely support the author's decision to categorize it as a thriller/suspense. Jarvis continues to evolve as a character and he's not the tail-chasing ladies man anymore. This made it easier for me to like him as a character and feel bad when his life was endangered or he was getting his butt kicked. Weir continues to impress with his ability to put a fresh, contemporary spin on noir detective novels, while still keeping some of the elements the genre is known for. There are a few gut-wrenching, didn't-see-it-coming plot twists and an unexpected ending that will make you wonder if Jarvis has decided to call it quits, without shutting down the possibility of his story continuing later on.

If you like noir detective novels, you'll enjoy Weir's spin on the genre. I found it riveting from beginning to end and I'm curious to see if Jarvis will make a comeback. You should also know that while it's possible to read this book by itself without being totally lost, you'll find the experience more enjoyable if you've read the books in order.

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I live in the Mile High city with my wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, I relax by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in our motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes me. My writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. HIs oddball sense of humor is much like mine, though I’m not nearly as tough and fearless as he is. Though no evil stands a chance against my written word!
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