Created By Jonathon King
After two well-received books (including the Edgar-winning The Blue Edge of Midnight (2002), he spent mucking about around the edges of the P.I. genre, Jonathon King's MAX FREEMAN finally becomes a full-fledged private eye in his third novel, Shadow Men (2004).
Max was originally a Philly cop, until he shot and killed a twelve-year-old kid involved in a convenience store robbery. Although subsequently vindicated, he's plagued by guilt, and now lives in an isolated shack without power or running water in the Everglades, his version of a residential hairshirt, I guess.
But once a cop, always a cop. Max just can't seem to keep getting into things -- in The Blue Edge of Midnight, he discovers a dead child, and ends up tracking down a serial killer; and in A Visible Darkness (2003), he goes up against a killer who preys on elderly women.
Shadow Men finds Max going up against another killer, but this time he's getting paid for his troubles. A brand new private eye, Max is hired to investigate the disappearance eight some-odd years ago of a father and his two sons who vanished while working as laborers to build the first road through the Florida Everglades. The client, a man contemplating joining a seminary and a descendant of the missing men, has recently come across a series of letters that possibly shed new light on what happened -- but is quickly stonewalled. He turns to Max for help.
Jonathon King' has been a journalist for more than twenty years, covering the crime beat, mostly, and is currently a feature writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
-- James Lee Burke
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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