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Blind Vigil

Blind Vigil, December 2020
Rick Cahill #7
by Matt Coyle

Oceanview Publishing
336 pages
ISBN: 1608094006
EAN: 9781608094004
Kindle: B089DRQQ6M
Paperback / e-Book
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"Can a blind private “eye” solve a murder case?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Blind Vigil
Matt Coyle

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted November 19, 2020

Thriller Crime | Mystery

Blinded by a gunshot wound to his face, private investigator Rick Cahill has spent the past nine months learning how to live in darkness and navigate his San Diego home. He’s doing pretty well now, counting steps and having everything organized, as long as no one moves anything. Rick’s girlfriend Leah has returned to her home in Santa Barbara to breathe life into the business she has neglected so that she could help Rick recover. A phone call from an old friend changes Rick’s mundane life of taking care of his dog Midnight and listening to the TV all day.

Moira McFarland is the friend and a fellow private investigator. She wants Rick to go with her to meet a new client who happens to be an old friend of Rick’s. Turk Muldoon wants Moira to determine whether or not his girlfriend, and soon to be fiancé, is cheating on him. She’s been up to some suspicious activity lately. Moira wants Rick to listen to Turk’s voice and see if he is really serious about this, as well as determine Turk’s mental state. Moira just lost a client in a tragic outcome and is a little apprehensive about taking this case.

Rick feels that Turk is indeed serious, so he and Moira proceed with the case. On a stakeout together, Rick is the “ears” and “nose” of the operation. It’s just good to get out of the house and feel needed again. When the girlfriend turns up dead on day two of their stakeout, Moira turns against Rick and leaves him to fend for himself. When Turk is charged with the murder, Rick cannot let the case go, so he muddles through in his blindness. Can a blind private “eye” solve a murder case?

BLIND VIGIL by Matt Coyle brings us another adventure into the sleuthing world of Rick Cahill. I’ve enjoyed many of his adventures, but I find this one most creative and very entertaining. Mr. Coyle always gives us strong characters with endearing qualities. Rick is a strong main character who is learning how to cope and adapt to his new world and does it in splendid fashion. BLIND VIGIL has many twists and turns in the storyline to arrive at a dynamic and inspiring conclusion. This is a story about hope, trust, and determination. Don’t miss it!

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A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.

Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.

He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.

Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.

The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.

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