Harry Dolan’s Very Bad Men is the second book in the David Loogan series, Dolan’s follow-up to Bad Things Happen about which Stephen King said….. “Great F****ing Book Man, I was totally hooked” I am in total agreement with the great Mr. King’s assessment of Bad Things Happen and I feel the same way about Very Bad Men!!
In Harry Dolan’s Very Bad Men, David Loogan and Elizabeth Waishkey have settled down to a simple life after the tumultuous events in Bad Things Happen, until one day when David, as editor of Gray Streets magazine receives a manuscript that begins “ I killed Henry Kormoran”. Not long after David receives the manuscript, Detective Waishkey is assigned to a new murder case – Henry Kormoran, and once again it appears that David and Elizabeth are on the trail of a psychotic killer. This time the killer is targeting members of a gang that attempted to rob the Great Lakes Bank seventeen years prior! During the attempted robbery Terry Dawtrey shot Sheriff Harlan Spencer, leaving Spencer paralyzed. Now, Spencer’s daughter Callie is running for the Senate and the current killings are dredging up old memories about the robbery that may upset Callie’s campaign, especially with investigative reporter Lucy Navarro on the case for the tabloid The National Current! The question becomes who and why is somebody targeting these men after such a long time.??? Is it Callie and her campaign, was she involved in the robbery? Or is it someone else??
Harry Dolan once again delivers a top-notch, intricately plotted mystery. While the setting is the present day, the writing creates a feel similar to one that one gets when reading Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. Does anyone else see Humphrey Bogart playing David Loogan!
The characters are vivid and the twists and turns of the plot keep the reader guessing and, at least for me, quickly turning the pages!!
Bottomiine: A series that, while it is still in its infancy, is getting better with each book, and I can’t wait to move on to the next installment The Last Dead Girl..
Links to Check Out Harry Dolan’s Very Bad Men and Bad Things Happen
Book 33 for 2014