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Symphony Road: A Shane Cleary Mystery

(Shane Cleary Mystery #2)

4.81  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Trouble comes in threes for Shane Cleary, a former police officer and now, a PI.

Arson. A Missing Person. A cold case.

Two of his clients whom he shouldn't trust, he does, and the third, whom he should, he can't. Shane is up against crooked cops, a notorious slumlord and a mafia boss who want what they want, and then there's the good guys who may or may not be what they seem
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Historia
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Gabriel Valjan’s first Shane Cleary mystery, Dirty Old Town, impressed me. He took an idealistic ex-cop turned PI, put him in Boston where he struggles to make a living while dealing with cops who hate him for his integrity and his willingness to testify against a bad cop. Shane Cleary is in even more trouble in the latest excellent PI novel, Symphony Road.

Nobody is surprised when another apartment building goes up in flames on Symphony Road. It’s a regular occurrence as slumlords pay arsonists
James L'Etoile
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Take one part Raymond Chandler, one part Robert B. Parker, mix well and pour over a mob-controlled 70’s Southie Boston setting and you have Gabriel Valjan’s Symphony Road. In the second of the Shane Cleary series, P.I. Cleary is drawn into a web of interconnected cases, each with its own dark secrets exposing betrayal, greed, and corruption threatening the city. Symphony Road is well-plotted, tightly written, and highly recommended.
Mally Becker
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Dirty Old Town, and was glad to see Shane Cleary return in Symphony Road, a twisty noir-ish mystery with a whisper of dry humor. Cleary is a tough-as-nails Boston private investigator circa mid-1970s whose moral compass points straight north despite his haunted past. He's also a cat owner who references literature and Latin as he dodges corrupt cops, a Mafia don, and other good guys and bad, none of whom are entirely what they seem. Great plot. Gre ...more
Debbie Rozier
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
About the Book: Shane Cleary used to be a (good)cop in Boston- now he is a PI. Shane is working three cases: 1-an apartment complex on Symphony Road arson and homicide case for a known arsonist -Jimmy C, 2- a missing grandnephew of mafia boss, Mr B and 3-the commissioner has a cold case of a dead community activist for Shane in order to get some money added into his pension fund.
President Ford is in office, pintos are being driven not eaten and phone booths are used to make a call! Shane has to
Tina deBellegarde
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in this not-to-be missed Boston noir series

Shane Cleary is a hard-boiled PI with integrity. He tells it like it is and he does it in Valjan’s pitch perfect dialogue. In fact, all of Valjan’s writing is clean and crisp, and every word has a purpose. The period detail catapults you back in time to a gritty and corrupt 70s Boston. The plot is twisty and suspenseful, but also has heart. By the time you are finished reading, you will feel connected to everyone, including the bad guys.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read- a loving and faithful snapshot of Boston in the seventies, with all the dirt and grit showing, the Combat Zone, and everything that went with it.
Characters who live sharp and talk tough, with hard-boiled speech from the Old School of PIs, with guns, betrayal and double-crosses at every turn. Crooked cops and politicians, working gals, and mobsters, this book has it all.
A fun read and a nostalgia trip for those who know the old Boston, before it became the upscale success it is n
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel for those who would love a hard boiled private investigator plying his trade in a city beset by crooked cops. The setting is Boston in the 1970s, a time when mafia dons dispensed their own justice and landlords burned their own buildings for the insurance.

Valjan is strong on period descriptions such as music and politicians. Reading this novel is like roaming down memory lane. Shane Cleary an honest fellow in city swamped with dishonesty. He somehow stands up to thugs while helpi
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Symphony Road, book two in the Shane Cleary Mystery Series, author Gabriel Valjan takes the reader back to 1970s Boston to follow the latest investigative cases of ex-Boston cop turned PI Shane Cleary. Shane has just wrapped up investigating a blackmail case and a missing person case, when three new cases come his way: proving the innocence of an arsonist in a slumlord building fire with a dead body; investigating the disappearance of the local mafia don's grandnephew; and a request by the Co ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Throughout Covid, my husband and I spent a lot of time watching shows that we've never enjoyed before. We took turns picking them out and one of his choices ended up covering stories about the mafia/mobs. I was hesitant since it's not my usual type of entertainment, but found myself intrigued by a few of the episodes. This made me want to step outside of my standard choices for books and read Symphony Road!

Shane Cleary is an unswerving PI who is suddenly hit with the task of three cases. He has
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I like Shane Cleary, the character in this series. He's the kind of PI who's tough, smart, soft in his own way and odd. Then again aren't all PI's odd?

There is so much in these pages. A good story, nuances, a little sense of humor, and 3 cases. Now you might think 3 cases in this rather black noir sort of book is too many. I did read Book 1 and at the time I said that as much as I loved it "I did spend an amount of time doing the “who’s trying to get who” thing. Here in Book 2 everything seems
Marco Carocari
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Told in PI Shane Cleary's distinctive voice and peppered with wit and a ton of fascinating details, Gabriel Valjan's crisp and vivid prose flows beautifully, conjuring up a late 70s noir Boston and the people who roam through it. Three different cases -an arson which claims a victim, a disappearance, and a suspicious death- lead Cleary down a rabbit hole where corruption, corpses, and trigger-happy criminals hide at every turn. This fast-paced, thrilling mystery with a fascinating and well-devel ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I picture Shane Cleary being played by Humphry Bogart. If you don't know who this man is, look him up and watch one of his movies.

Shane has three cases dropped on him at the same time - some with deadlines and some with dead bodies. He has to work hard to come in under the deadlines.

He has assistance by some very interesting characters. I enjoyed them all.

I wasn't ready for this book to end. It's the first Shane Cleary mystery that I've read. It certainly won't be the last. Please
Jane Pettitt
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shane a all round good guy who is a private investigator, hated by the cops because he told the truth, two cases were he should trust no one. But his third case he’s up against a slumlord who likes arson and the mafia. A great read , mixed with a seventies theme enjoy
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Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston’s South End where he enjoys the local restaurants. He is the author of two series, Roma and Company Files, with Winter Goose Publishing. The Naming Game, the second book in the Company Files series, was nominated for Agatha and Anthony Awards in 2020. Dirty Old Town is the first in the Shane Cleary series with Level Best Books. You can find Gabriel on Twitter (@GValj ...more

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