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This “outstanding” novel featuring a Boston detective searching for a judge’s missing son is a Shamus Award finalist and the first in a series (The New York Times). John Cuddy’s heart is buried in a cemetery overlooking Boston harbor. His wife, Beth, fought her cancer for nearly a year, and when she died Cuddy gave up his morning runs in favor of nightly benders. Two months after her death, he is forced out of his job as an insurance investigator for refusing to sign his name to a phony claim. Now he is filing for unemployment, cutting back on his drinking, and attempting to become a private eye. His first real case comes in the form of Valerie Jacobs, a junior high teacher who was friends with Beth. Her star pupil, the son of a Massachusetts judge, has vanished, and the local police have no leads. To make his name as a detective, Cuddy searches for a boy who’s too smart to be found, and whose father would prefer his son never return. “[Cuddy] is quite a package. . . . Chilling . . . Impeccable . . . [an] outstanding first mystery.” —The New York Times Book Review “Healy looks ready to join the honors class of private eye writers.” —USA Today “[Healy’s] gifts include an unerring eye and ear that invest all the characters with life.” —Publishers Weekly Jeremiah Healy (1948–2014) was the creator of the John Cuddy mystery series and the author of several legal thrillers. A graduate of Rutgers College and Harvard Law School, Healy taught at the New England School of Law before becoming a novelist. He published his first novel, Blunt Darts, in 1984, introducing John Francis Cuddy, the Boston private eye who would become Healy’s best-known character.
Outstanding Mystery Writer from New
I am in unique position to assess Jerry Healy's writing and this was his first. How do I know? Jerry was a law professor at New England School of Law in Boston and I took a number of courses with him. Later we became personally acquainted through a mutual friend, Dr. Michael F. Greene, now the chief of OB/Gyn at Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon graduation from NESL, I closely followed Jerry's career and attended a number of book signings including one a Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge, MA, and another in Mattapoisett, MA. In addition, I bought and read all of Jerry's writings in hard cover and was never disappointed. His main character, John Francis Cuddy, has similarities to Robert Parker's hero. However, there are substantial differences as well. If you're from New England, you will certainly relate to the Boston setting and the intricate way that Healy weaves a story.