Sam McCain
Created by Ed Gorman

In the late fifties, rookie attorney SAM McCAIN finds himself in Black River Falls, Iowa, the "least successful lawyer" in a "a town that already had too many lawyers" so he agrees to work as an investigator for Esme Anne Whitney, a rich, eccentric wingding of a lady judge with some rather peculiar ideas about justice and the law.

The first book in the series, 1999's The Day The Music Died, revolved around Buddy Holly's last concert, before his fatal plane crash, and this melding of then-current events, their effect on a small town and the call-outs to the era's rock songs as book titles boded well for what promised to be an intriguing new series -- or at least that's what I said at the time. Well, I'm happy to report it's an omen that has definitely come to pass.

The always affable Sam may be no tough guy, but he gets the job done, and Gorman's eye for detail and easy hand with characterisation, and the compassion he never fails to show for those characters make this series an always entertaining comfort read.

Author Ed Gorman is a veteran mystery and western writer, editor and anthologist, who's also responsible for the excellent Jack Dwyer and Jack Walsh P.I. series, among others.




Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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