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Act of God by Jeremiah Healy
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Jul 06, 2008

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bookshelves: boston, contemporary_post_1945, male_author, massachusetts, mystery, private_investigator

Healy, Jeremiah - 9th in series

William Proft and Pearl Rivkind convince Boston private eye John Francis Cuddy to take their mutual-interest case. Rivkind's husband, furniture-store owner Honest Abe, was killed in a break-in. His secretary, Proft's sister Dabra (yes, Dabra), takes a vacation shortly thereafter, returns briefly, then disappears without a trace. The pair believes there may be a connection. Cuddy reluctantly takes the case, realizing a conflict may arise. As he investigates, he finds Rivkind's business was failing, and he was having an affair with Dabra, who had at least two other men in her life. More disturbing to Cuddy is the Proft siblings' possible involvement in their heavily insured mother's death a few years earlier. Then there's the matter of Dabra's past, which is strewn with other dead lovers. Underpinning Cuddy's investigation is a dawning realization of his own vulnerability and his growing commitment to a longtime lover.

This was a bit weaker than the previous books in the series, but still good.

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