☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 4.5-stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••
Still recovering from his last case, which brought painful injuries and heartache, Jarvis picks himself up to help family out of a dire situation. A call from his sister-in-law leads him back to where he grew up. Big brother, Flynn, has dug himself a hole he can’t climb out of, one filled with lies and deceit. Jarvis lends a hand, and is soon caught between Feds and gangsters, leading to peril for all involved.
With sharp tongue, nerves of steel, and fierce determination, Jarvis comes to his brother’s reluctant assistance. But can Jarvis save him from the depths to which he has fallen without getting them all killed? Coming to terms with his life growing up, and how he became who he is, Jarvis faces his past, present and future, and confronts an evil worse than anything he’s encountered before, one that may leave Jarvis, and all those he holds dear, dead.
R. Weir’s Jarvis Mann novels are classic gumshoe mysteries that bring to mind classic film-noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon. Blood Brothers is the fourth book in Weir’s detective series. While there are references to prior books, Weir provides enough detail that new readers won’t be lost.
Jarvis Mann returns to his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa in this latest installment. Readers get incredible insight into Jarvis as he flashes back to his childhood while he is working his current case. As he visits old haunts, he is welcomed as a crime fighting hero (due to his last case in Twice as Fatal) by family friends and ex-girlfriends alike.
Jarvis tries to maintain a long-distance relationship with Denver girlfriend, Melissa, while checking on his older brother Flynn at the request of Flynn’s wife, Helen. Nothing is ever straightforward and simple for Jarvis Mann, so this case of familial infidelity quickly escalates into a murder and money laundering case. It’s personal, so Jarvis Mann calls in all his owed favors. Nothing like knowing people from low places…
Weir’s storytelling improves with each novel. In Blood Brothers, Weir has excellently developed all the involved primary and secondary characters. The extra insight into leading man, Mann, really makes him empathetic. Mann tried so hard to be a good guy, and sometimes–actually most of the time–he avoids temptation and is a stand-up guy. The addition of Weir’s dry humor throughout the story gave me a few chuckles while reading. The plot twists and turns are doled out so that tension and suspense is maximized.
Blood Brothers is R. Weir’s best Jarvis Mann novel to date. An excellent, suspenseful detective mystery. A 4.5 star read for me.
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