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Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould
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it was amazing

Last Looks is a fun and enjoyable read. Charlie Waldo had been a successful detective, rising quickly in the police department until he, as the book put it, not only burned bridges, but the entire river. He now lives in seclusion on a mountain with just 100 things – he has become a true minimalist.

He is reluctantly pulled off of his mountain retreat due to his reported involvement in the investigation of an actor who has murdered his wife. There is a secondary storyline when his former girlfriend, who is a private investigator, disappears. Waldo works on the murder investigation, the disappearance of his former flame, and trying to maintain his ownership of only 100 items while dealing with the resentment and anger backlash that is directed at him by his former colleagues in the police department.

The book has a great sense of humor and a really good pace. It is set in the current day but sort of has the feel of the old noir novel with the down and out on his luck, cynical detective, trying to prove himself or make up for something he couldn’t set right in the past. I very much enjoyed it and really hope that this will be the first in a series as Charlie Waldo is a character I would like to spend time with again. Thank you to First to Read for my ARC of this book.
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