Night Tremors: A Rick Cahill Novel

Oceanview Publishing
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Nightmares of the man he killed two years ago still chase Rick Cahill through his                      sleep. The memory of his murdered wife haunts him during waking hours. His                      private investigative work, secretly photographing adulterers, paid for his new house but stains his soul.

When an old nemesis asks for his help to free a man from prison, a man he thinks is wrongly convicted of murder, Rick grabs at the chance to turn his life around. His investigation takes        him from the wealthy enclave of La Jolla to the dark underbelly of San Diego. His quest fractures his friendship with his mentor, endangers his steady job, and draws the contempt of the Police Chief who has tried to put Rick behind bars forever. With the police on one side of the law and a vicious biker gang on the other, all trying to stop him from freeing the man in prison, Rick risks his life to uncover the truth that only the real killer knows—what happened one bloody night eight years earlier. 

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About the author

Matt Coyle has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He’s taken detours into the restaurant business, the golf business, and the sports collectible business.  His first novel Yesterday’s Echo won the Anthony Award-Best First Novel, San Diego Book Award for Best Published Mystery and the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.  Night Tremors is Matt’s second novel in the Rick Cahill crime series. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus. 

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Publisher
Oceanview Publishing
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Published on
Jun 2, 2015
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Pages
330
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ISBN
9781608091508
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / General
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A 2016 Edgar Award Nominee

Before he became a household name in America as perhaps our greatest hard-boiled crime writer, before his attachment to Lillian Hellman and blacklisting during the McCarthy era, and his subsequent downward spiral, Dashiell Hammett led a life of action. Born in 1894 into a poor Maryland family, Hammett left school at fourteen and held several jobs before joining the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative in 1915 and, with time off in 1918 to serve at the end of World War I, he remained with the agency until 1922, participating alike in the banal and dramatic action of an operative. The tuberculosis he contracted during the war forced him to leave the Pinkertons--but it may well have prompted one of America's most acclaimed writing careers.

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