The Fairfax Incident
Polis Books, 2018 (2018)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
t is 1933 in Manhattan and Officer Charlie Doherty has been kicked out of the NYPD. But Doherty is making more money now that he has a wealthy backer who has set him up as a private detective. He is catering to the elite and finds he likes his new life better than he did working as a policeman.
e was not the most honest of cops. He finds being legitimate suits him, well even though he is at the beck and call of those who are most probably as dishonest as he was. He is summoned to the home of a woman whose husband quietly closed the door to his office, put the barrel of a gun in his mouth, and pulled the trigger! Now a very wealthy widow, she wants to know why.
he suicide's pockets were well lined. Exorbitantly rich, he survived the Great War as well as the Great Depression without a dent in his bottom line. But as Charlie begins to dig into the man's background, he finds that all was not as it seemed.
can't tell you any more, don't want to spoil anything by revealing what drove this man to kill himself. If you were alive at this time, you might remember what was happening in the world then - and who was behind what Charlie discovered.
he Fairfax Incident
by Terrence McCauley is well worth a read. I especially liked the fact that Charlie doesn't spend half his life wooing, and gets on with the work he had been paid to do.
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