☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Is this the end for PI Jarvis Mann?
A surprising murder of an associate sends Jarvis on a trip to San Diego to investigate.
A trail of clues that direct him to a gang member who wants him eliminated.
While a local detective agency is hot on his tail with nefarious plans of their own.
Battered and beaten, Jarvis battles to forge on, tracking the evidence which directs him to a dangerous discovery from which he may not be able to fight his way out.
Desperate for backup, with nowhere else to turn, he enlists lethal foes to render essential aid. Will these illicit associations spell the end of his career and possibly his life…
For Jarvis is truly a Mann in the Crossfire.
I’m a long-time fan of R. Weir’s Jarvis Mann series. I love this hard-boiled detective that brings to mind the classic gumshoe detective movies starring actors like Humphrey Bogart. I have to say, that in Mann in the Crossfire, Jarvis is not quite the tough P.I. who readers have come to know and love. He is a bit loquacious and existential. What could that mean for his future?
In this latest series installment, author Weir pulls in most of the key characters from prior books. He incorporates them into a complex mystery that crosses multiple state lines. If you haven’t read the previous books, the thorough presentation of characters from Jarvis’ past is helpful. Just like Warren Zevon’s song, this book is all about lawyers, guns and money. Through the arms and drug deals, the gangs and conspiracies, Jarvis works his magic. Using connections and analytical skills he eventually delivers justice.
I loved that Jarvis has found his match in April, and that he finally sees that he needs to stop his womanizing ways to ultimately be happy. April truly is a good woman, and the perfect match for Jarvis. I think this is the first book in the series where Jarvis didn’t lose his girlfriend because of a late night temptation! The other notable difference is that even though Jarvis is confident about his ability to fend off an attack, his age is starting to show as he has multiple injuries that require R&R before he can resume work on the case.
During these periods of recuperation, Jarvis’ existential angst is front and center. If I was a detective, his meaning of life ponderings should have clued me into what was coming, but I completely shocked by the surprising, albeit apropos, ending! I am looking forward to how this twist will affect Jarvis’s future and what author R. Weir has in store for his readers.
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