The Green Pearl Caper: Damien Dickens Mysteries, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Phyllis Entis
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Celine Sutherland is dead - her body half-hidden under the Atlantic City Boardwalk - and Damien Dickens, P.I. killed her. Detective Lt. James Holmes found Damien's gun and wallet near the crime scene, and discovered Celine's cash-filled, emerald-studded evening bag hidden in Damien's apartment. Sylvia Sutherland, Celine's older sister and CEO of the family's tobacco empire, insists that Dickens pulled the trigger. And the Sutherlands carry a lot of influence in Atlantic City. Even Damien's secretary has deserted him - gone to work for the Sutherlands. Only Celine's younger sister, Susan, believes in his innocence. After Susan bails him out of jail, Damien follows his gut and a series of clues in order to clear his name. His quest takes him to several Atlantic City landmarks, inland to Everettville, a small New Jersey town, and north to Vermont, where he confronts Celine's killer. The Green Pearl Caper, set in the summer of 1979, is the first in a series of Damien Dickens mysteries.
Nice detective story
This reminded me of watching black and white movies with characters played by Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant. Though this starts in the summer of 1979, it had an older feeling for me. This is a true detective style read. It has been many years since I have read a book of this style.
It certainly has a great deal of picture painting with the detail presented through out. This is mostly a positive though sometimes, I found it a bit too much. However, that is just a personal taste.
I liked that we follow Dickens on a discovery that has twists to it, but also helps hold the reader to conceivable conclusions. It isn’t random information pulling that comes out of nowhere.