A former NYPD detective and the cleric are half-brothers who operate a PI firm out of their bar. When one of the brothers’ best customers dies in an apparent suicide —a Wall Street guy celebrating a new client the night before– they’re just not feeling it. They know he wasn’t a guy who wanted to die; and they quickly find out he was someone a lot of people wanted dead.

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Lucky for readers, that’s a great opportunity for the kind of rare mystery series with something for everyone—a tough guy, three awesome women, and a classic Golden Age gentleman-detective clergyman. The twist? Owen Parr pulls off a crowd-pleasing coup in the first entry in his Joey Mancuso/Father Dominic O’Brian series—a perfect blending of the hard-boiled and intellectual schools of detecting. Joey, who got kicked out of the police department by means of a small frame, is the ex-cop. The women are a fiery FBI agent, (Joey’s elusive Cuban girlfriend), a glamorous “researcher”, and perhaps most memorable of all, Joey’s mentor and ex-partner, Lucy.

Captain O’Brian’s Pub and Cigar Bar, with its old-world New York warmth and reliably friendly Irish bartender is a character in itself, the kind of place that’s like home to its devotees.

It’s a made-to-order financial puzzle for a couple of seasoned New York PI’s, with the kind of twists and scams and puzzles that warm a mystery fan’s heart like a shot of Jameson.

Fans of New York detective shows from Blue Bloods to Elementary will find it right up their alley, and devotees of Golden Age mysteries will love it, especially those set in New York, like Ellery Queen and Nero Wolfe; and those starring brainy clergymen, like Father Brown, The Rabbi, and Father Dowling.

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“…I am new to Owen Parr but will be reading all of his books starting now. I couldn’t put this one down (more than one sitting but under 2 days from start to finish!). This book is in-your-face action and intrigue. You might think you know who did what but you will be surprised (pleasantly I might add) as you go along and things change. The complexity of the plot was the part that really sucked me in. (I won’t spoil the story for you but there are connections that I never saw coming…) You owe it to yourself to try at least one of Owen’s books and see if you don’t agree with my assessment!”