☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
With Christmas a few weeks away and happy these last few months had been quiet, Jarvis Mann decides to take on an interesting case. A homeless veteran knocks on his door with a story of how several of his homeless companions have been bribed and taxied away never to return. Taking pause to the man’s story at first, Jarvis digs deeper learning of plans to clear out the homeless. When the man is attacked, and seriously injured, Jarvis goes undercover, learning more about life on the streets than he ever knew, becoming one of the Invisible Souls in search of an answer.
The Case of the Invisible Souls is the latest Jarvis Mann story from author R. Weir. In this short story, Jarvis Mann helps homeless vets and their friends and a shelter–all of whom are victims of local roughens. Uncharacteristically, the charming gumshoe is without a love interest! Author R. Weir focuses solely on the plight of the homeless (especially homeless vets). Weir highlights how easily crooks take advantage of these men and women, and how easy it is to ignore the existence of the homeless.
The author’s empathetic point of view and message about helping those in need really spoke to me. You can’t help but be drawn in and motivated by his poignant message. It was an added bonus to Jarvis Mann’s charm and wisecracks in the quintessential gumshoe series.