Presenting the surfer dude as angst-ridden PI. California's WIL HARDESTY made an auspicious debut in 1995's The Innocents, scooping up a Shamus for Best First Novel, and praise from folks like Michael Collins, Stephen Greenleaf, Michael Connelly and Ross Thomas.
Wil's a Vietnam vet still trying to come to terms with not just his war experience, but the death of his young son in a surfing accident, which he blames himself for. Oh yeah, and his relationship with his wife is oft-times strained. Seems no matter what mean streets Wil goes down, he can always find a bit of time for a little hairshirt-wearing and soul-searching.
I wasn't that impressed, but people keep urging me to take another whack at him.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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