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Bloody Murdock (Matt Murdock #1)

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PI and ex-cop Matt Murdock is hired to look into the suspicious death of Gayla Jean Kirkwood, a beautiful starlet and good-time girl. Who would want Gayla Jean dead? A scorned lover? Someone at the chic club where she worked? The men who paid to photograph her naked? As his investigation continues, Murdock will discover just how dirty deals in Hollywood can get.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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It wasn't a new story. Older man falls for a young woman half his age and it costs him his marriage.

Laguna P.I. Matt Murdock, not the blind lawyer from New York, doesn't know that at first. Ellis Dean wants to hire him as a bodyguard. It wasn't until someone in a red pickup tried to kill Dean, forcing Murdock to put two bullets into the engine to get him off that he began to get the full story.

He'd read about the horrific car accident the night before that had crashed, bursting into flames and k
This book introduces the reader to Matt Murdock - Vietnam vet, former CIA employee, former police academy instructor, part-time construction worker, and PI.

It's funny this is labeled Matt Murdock #5 when this is the first book in the series, published in 1986. You might want to check that out and fix it, Goodreads

The tone and language are dead on for that time as is Murdock's attitude toward women and his heavy consumption of beer. The book is also quite violent with several murders and lots of
Really enjoyed reading this one. Sort of like a Travis McGee novel. Would definitely read another one (or more).
Priscilla Long
Glitzy, tense, fast-moving, and a private investigator I won't forget. Matt Murdock's a lump of coal amid southern California glitter, a sod house among the palaces, an old Plymouth, albeit very well kept, among the Porsches. He's an ex-Army cop who knows how to use his weapon. If you've just offed a beautiful young starry-eyed Hollywood hopeful, you don't want him in your neighborhood. His creator, Robert J. Ray, is a writer's writer, one who can turn a sentence with the best. I will now read e ...more
I read all of the Murdock books years ago, and was thrilled to see this one come out in Kindle format, and free! Hopefully this indicates that the rest will come out in ebook form.
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Robert J. Ray is the author of the writing guide The Weekend Novelist and eight Matt Murdock mysteries, including Murdock Cracks Ice.

He has taught college literature, writing, and tennis. He lives in Seattle.
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Matt Murdock (6 books)
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