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Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite
Harry Starke is a retired police officer turned private investigator. He has an adept staff and influential connections. His father is August Starke, a well known and successful personal injury lawyer. Harry has no qualms about using his connections when necessary. One evening, Harry is strolling along the pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River when he encounters a frightened woman, running for her life. When she sees Harry, she jumps off the bridge and into the river. The police feel it is a suicide and can do nothing further, but Kate, his ex-colleague and longtime lover, asks him to look deeper into the matter to see what led to these tragic circumstances. She offers him her limited support. The victim is identified as Tabitha Willard, daughter of Justin Willard, a rich plastic surgeon. A strange, unusual and expensive pendant is found around Tabitha's neck, and no one in her circle of family or friends seems to recognize it as belonging to her. Harry is intrigued by the nature of the suicide, as well as his feelings of guilt that he caused it. He is convinced that the pendant plays an important part in this drama. Along the way, he encounters a host of people, some from the lower ranks and some from extremely influential circles. How deep does this mystery go? Join Harry Starke, artfully written by Blair Howard, as he untangles the web of lies and deceits to uncover the truth!
Get ready everyone, a new PI has entered Chattanooga and he plays rough! Meet Harry Starke, an ex-cop turned PI. Blair Howard introduces us to the "new guy" in Harry Starke. Harry Starke is the first novel in an extremely promising series. Harry is the original tough guy, with finely tuned senses and good instincts, as well as a rougher James Bond type of attitude. He is witty and clever and willing to go the extra mile. Join Harry as he slowly peels back layer upon layer of an intricate secret society, and reveals their dirty secrets. Somewhere in all this mystery lies the key to the suicide of Tabitha Willard, but it is a tangled web, so deeply hidden, and he must unravel it bit by bit to reach the ultimate truth. Luckily Harry is adept at understanding people, which is a major plus if he wants to stay one step ahead. A steady and deliberately tantalizing path leads carefully into a hidden world, which slowly begins to reveal itself with each layer that is removed. A brilliant, complex and exciting read with some stunning twists and turns to keep you on your toes! It is with great anticipation that I look forward to more of Harry Starke's adventures in future novels! A great book!