☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Cases come and cases go, but private detective Jarvis Mann can’t land an easy one these days.
The cops are unhappy Jarvis digs into a murder case they closed, uncovering a crooked tech company, hell-bent on stealing their customers’ IDs and US government secrets. Soon Russian mobsters and Chinese government goons arrive to bribe, threaten, beat, and finally kill, in an attempt to stop him and safeguard their criminal enterprise. Can he protect the life of the widow who hired him to find her husband’s killer? Will the founder’s beautiful and sexy ex-wife provide the key he needs to crack the case, as Jarvis slugs and shoots his way to a pulse-pounding conclusion.
Dead Man Code is the fourth novel in R. Weir’s series of stories featuring Private Investigator Jarvis Mann. While there are some references to prior books, it is not necessary to have read prior books to enjoy any of the Jarvis Mann books, including Dead Man Code.
Whether the plot is simple or complex, I enjoy Weir’s straightforward story telling. He adds a little humor to his otherwise serious plots with his main character’s signature sarcasm. Javis Mann is the gumshoe in this series, and even though the books are set in current times, there is an old timey feel to the story structure and some of the dialogue as well. I can imagine Humphrey Bogart playing the role of Jarvis Mann in a movie, although Mr. Weir’s series would lend itself better to a television series, in my humble opinion. Jarvis is a ladies man, and sadly, he too easily succumbs to temptation. This sometimes leads to the loss of a really good woman, and at other times lands him in the middle of a crime investigation.
In Dead Man Code, the author uses his intimate familiarity with Colorado, hospitals and computer science/information technology to tell his tale of cyber espionage and identity theft. Although Jarvis Mann is a relatively small time PI, his cases sometimes land him in very complicated situations. When he takes a case for a grieving widow, Jarvis doesn’t anticipate Russian Mafia and Chinese goons impeding his progress, nor does Jarvis anticipate that his client might not be telling him everything she knows!
From the first page to the last, Mr. Weir’s Jarvis Mann provides plenty of action packed entertainment as well as a few smirks. While you might not be one of the good lookin’ dolls throwing themselves at Jarvis, you’re sure to be taken with this hard working, chivalrous and terribly flawed PI.