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Yesterday's Echo

(Rick Cahill #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain over his responsibility in his wife's death. When he meets Melody Malana, a beautiful yet secretive TV reporter, he sees a chance to love again. When she is arrested ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Oceanview Publishing
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rick Cahill, the manager of Muldoon’s Steak House, in La Jolla, California, is a tarnished ex-policeman who battles internal and external demons. Cahill, now eight years after the death of his wife, who he was once accused of murdering, is working the night shift when he needs to rescue a damsel in distress, TV reporter Melody Malana, from a guy who was about to assault her.

So, for her safety, Cahill takes the captivating Melody home to his place, where they of course fall naked onto his couch
James Thane
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Rick Cahill is a former cop from Santa Barbara who left the force under a cloud when his wife was found murdered. The detective investigating the crime believes that Cahill was guilty of the murder, but did not have enough evidence to make the case. The cloud of suspicion has followed Cahill for the last eight years, even down to La Jolla, the beautiful seaside community that exists within the city of San Diego. Cahill is now the managing partner of an upscale restaurant there and is attempting ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book a 3 star read and I am adding another 1 star for the potential of a very good series. The main character, Rick Cahill I really liked, but there was more than one time were I got totally frustrated by him. Being an x-cop there were many times where he was in such poor judgement of the situation, and then other times he was brilliant. I'm curious to see how his character develops in the next book in the series.

While reading this book, a few times I just wanted it to move on-th
Judy Collins
Matt Coyle delivers an intense new crime thriller series YESTERDAY’S ECHO, (Rich Cahill #1), with a flawed main protagonist who seems to find trouble around every corner; however, his tenacity and drive, keep him fighting to the bitter end in search for redemption.

If Rick Cahill is not enough trouble, it soon begins to intensify. Rick has been left with little choices, as former young hotshot cop in Santa Barbara. Someone murdered his wife and fingers were pointed at him. Charges were dropped, b
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
The mystery portion of this story was well done--I enjoyed the twists and turns on the way to solving the story's central question. I also enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the plotting. However, I found other portions of the story frustrating. For a former cop, Rick proved himself to be a pretty poor judge of character in a number of key scenes, yet would make brilliant deductions just a few scenes later. I also couldn't buy his Superman complex when it came to Melody, a woman he'd just met. Thr ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rick Cahill is a restaurant manager leading a very quiet life, and constantly kicking himself for his past mistakes. He gets himself involved in a murder, and there goes his quiet. Good book, well worth the read.
Connie D
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Good mystery plot, but things just kept going from bad to worse...a stressful and dangerous journey. I didn't quite warm up to Rick Cahill, although I was rooting for him the whole time.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Library Journal.
March 15, 2013

“The first time I saw her, she made me remember and she made me forget.” This delectable opening line sets the tone for Coyle’s hard-boiled crime series debut, which introduces Rick Cahill, a former cop whose wife was brutally murdered eight years ago. Rick was accused of the crime but never convicted. Unable to fight the media maelstrom, he retreats to La Jolla, CA, to help run a restaurant with his best (and only) friend. It isn’t much of an existence
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle
Rick Cahill series Book #1

This is an author that bears watching. If [Yesterday's Echo] is any indication of what Matt Coyle is capable of then the Mystery & Suspense readers have something to celebrate.

Coyle has presented us with ex-cop Rick Cahill...a tarnished character that is battling more than his share of demons. Accused of his wife's murder but not convicted because of lack of evidence, Rick moves to LaJolla to manage a restaurant for a friend. Eve
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-borrowed
First Book in the Series

Yesterday’s Echo is the first book in Coyle’s Rick Cahill crime thriller series and probably a good place to start. Here, Cahill is an ex-police officer suspected years earlier of murdering his wife and back in his hometown of La Jolla tending bar and managing a restaurant. A mysterious woman, some hard types following her, and an enigma of a mystery flips around Cahill’s self imposed retirement from excitement. This is a very solid action-packed thriller that really does
Rebecca McNutt
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was sad and suspenseful at the same time, and its main character is easy to sympathize with and gripping to follow along with as he finds himself trying to be a nice guy but getting caught up in something bigger than he can handle.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fun read from debut author Matt Coyle!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this story, Matt Coyle writes well and there were elements of humour which I also liked. I took off half a point though because I think the chief protagonist, Rick Cahill, made a few too many bad decisions. Chief among them not seeing Melody for what she really was.

Anyway, it was a fast paced thriller where our hero is cornered time and time again yet manages to escape by the skin of his teeth, only to get tricked/trapped yet again and so on.

A fun romp laced with sex and corr
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rick Cahill, disgraced S CA cop, is dragged into a complex tangled world of politics, sex and people who can and do kill to keep the past buried. Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle carries this mystery through a very tricky path to a very reasonable conclusion.

If you enjoy sort of traditional mysteries with cops, some sex, heroes and shady characters, this is a good story for you.

Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity Awards for best first mystery novel. I liked the writing style, and there is an interesting and plausible plot. I had trouble with the lead character, Rick Cahill. Cahill is a former Santa Barbara Police Officer who was arrested for the murder of his wife. The charges were dismissed, but Cahill never escaped the cloud of the arrest. He moved back to LaJolla where he grew up and started working for an old friend Turk Muldoon who now owns hi ...more
Tanisia Wells
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! If you're a San Diego, CA native... it's fun to read about your own city. The story takes place in La Jolla, CA. Police procedural, easy reading. The main character aggravated me, made me anxious but I felt the author gave me his back story as needed to explain the character's thought process, decision making.
I'm looking forward to his next book where he writes less about the La Jolla, north Clairemont area & takes us down into OB.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audio -Slow start, noir type dialogue with some weird metaphors, but a good read. Will read another in the series.
Paul Falk
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Mystery writer Matt Coyle introduced his first in a series novel with a bang. And what better place than America's Finest City, San Diego. The sequence of events built momentum from the beginning and carried through to the end. There was no putting the book down.

Eight years ago, Rick Cahill's wife had been brutally raped and murdered. He was named prime suspect in her murder. There wasn't enough evidence to hold him so he was set free. For what it was worth, he was innocent. His employer, The Sa
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, crime, the-west
Yesterday's Echo won the best debut mystery novel award at Bouchercon 2014 and it's easy to see why: it's a tightly plotted detective story about a man wrongly accused. I don't like police procedurals because the notion of the cop as hero has always been a stretch for me and Yesterday's Echo is lousy with power-tripping cops, corrupt cops, asshole cops (I know I'm getting redundant here) which made the peril feel legit. Coyle's protagonist is an ex-cop who was kicked off the force in disgrace an ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved it. The writing is easy and yet wonderful. I liked his style, I re-read sentences just to enjoy them again. The opening started that way, wonderful --it had me from the beginning. I liked the story--mystery, suspense and some romance. Anxiety and tension --yes.

Cahill is likeable and flawed. I found him human--I'm a sucker for a characters who love love their dogs. This one is a black lab - how perfect.

The story held interest with some excitement and twists, including the dog. Some plots c
Book Review & Giveaway: Yesterday’s Echo by Matt Coyle is Book #1 in the Rick Cahill crime series. Its journey has been a long one, since Matt found the seeds for this novel almost 30 years ago, but if this book is any indication then it was well worth the trip. In some ways this novel pays homage to classic hard-boiled PI/crime novels; however, its contemporary edge will appeal to mystery and thriller fans of all kinds. Thanks to the publisher’s generosity, we’re giving away an advance read ...more
Stephen Buehler
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
It's hard to believe that this is Matt Coyle's first novel. It had everything going for it, a complicated protagonist, a suspenseful story and a voice that you wanted to hang around with. The writing style felt confident as if he's been writing mystery novels for decades. He not only had an interesting story but he used a backstory that he doled out in bits and pieces along the way leaving the reader begging for more. Some debut mysteries have well developed stories but fall apart at the end - n ...more
Paula Margulies
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great noir mystery with crisp, terse writing and superbly controlled voice. Coyle reveals his main character's flaws as well as his strengths, giving us the picture of a man who is wounded and full of regrets, yet who still manages to be kind and, when pressed, do right by those he loves. The San Diego settings, particularly the locations in La Jolla, are so well-drawn that anyone who has been there will recognize them immediately. A dark, fast-paced read, with just enough action, pathos, and ...more
Pam H
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is a page turner. Matt Coyle does a good job of developing the characters and storyline, as well as continually building the suspense. Having grown up in San Diego, I also enjoyed the overall characterization of La Jolla, as well as the description of specific sites. I felt the descriptions were sufficiently detailed that someone unfamiliar with the area could still relate. Hopefully, there will be many more Rick Cahill books in the future..
D.J. Adamson
A broken cop with a past, Rick Cahill was considered a suspect and never exonerated of his wife’s murder. Beautiful woman: Melody Malana hurdles into his life and gives Rick the healing prospect of loving someone again. However, Melody only brings him trouble, distrust and involves him in more murder. Hard-luck heroes, femme fatalles, crooked cops and semi-reformed mob bosses make this novel not only a mystery, but a noir well worth reading…..
Candis Compton
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Matt Coyle hooked me with his first sentence and kept me up late finishing it. His style has strong echoes of Raymond Chandler with short sentences and smart descriptors, but the up-to-date La Jolla setting and strong character development made it all Matt's. It's a great read that left me wanting more. I hope this is the first of a lengthy series about Rick Cahill.
Joel Fitzpatrick
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really fun book! Coyle paced the book well at the start so I actually invested in the characters. He portrayed the hero as a normal guy with a dark past who is seeking love. Sort of an everyman who gets caught up in a well thought out scheme. The last 100+/- pages were explosive, I could not put the book down! Good first book by this author, cannot wait for book 2?
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! The Author's first novel. He follows in the path of Michael Connelly. Great writing, good structure to the novel, mystery, suspense, murder, corruption, sex, drugs, incest, etc.; everything that makes a novel exciting. The location is set in La Jolla California and is not unlike Connelly's Los Angeles. A fun read.
Pascal Marco
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing debut novel

I thoroughly enjoyed and got wrapped up in this book. Matt Coyle kept me hanging on the edge of my seat, not wanting to stop reading until I found out all the sordid details of this death-defying escapade to find truth and justice. He rightfully deserves all the plaudits received to date for this stunningly well-crafted novel.
bonnie kirchner
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday's Echo

This was a very good thriller. It was full of suspense. There were a lot of twist and turns in the book which really kept you in suspense. I would recommend this book highly
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Matt Coyle is the bestselling author of the Rick Cahill crime series. His books have won the Anthony, Ben Franklin Silver, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Silver, and San Diego Book Awards, and have accrued nominations for the Macavity, Anthony, Shamus, Lefty, WRONG LIGHT, his latest novel and came out in December and has been nominated for the Lefty Award and been named a Top P ...more

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