Publisher: Forge Books
Forge Books: eBook | Hardcover
It all starts with one murder. When Alexander Ingram gets killed Michael Cassidy and his partner Orso are send in to investigate the crime scene. Little do they know that this specific murder will rally the attention of the FBI, CIA and the KGB. Five bodies later Cassidy finds himself entwined into a lot of trouble and in love with his new downstairs neighbour who might not be who she claims to be.
Despite the fact that Cassidy is actually a detective and this story plays in the early 50's this book reads like a noir fiction from the 20's. Lot of Jazz, nightclubs, booze and conspiracy involved. The time setting set in my head did not really communicate with details in the story. At points this was disturbing as the mentioned details did not match with my ideas Still the story is pretty solid and fun to read.
There are a lot of characters and at times it is difficult to keep them all apart in a decent way but ignoring a few of them does help and is possible without losing touch with the story. Cassidy is a pretty solid character. Not the worst guy in the world but with the common trouble of communicating with woman and being stubborn though he is not portrayed as an alcoholic. His motives are clear but the way he acts is still a bit disturbing. There are a lot of connections to his character that can be annoying though. His godfather is a high rank mobster. His dad is from Russia (and we are talking the middle of the cold war here). Cassidy is a cop because he wants to not because he has to as the family has money and business in which he could grow. Everything is set up around him to make every situation possible.
His partner Orso is kind of hilarious though I feel he could have been part of the story more.