Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work,friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To complement his income in Brunswick’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.
He was on the fast track to success.
And then something happened.
Jamal Jones is an eighteen-year-old rising star attending a post-grad prep school in central Maine to bring his grades up so he can play college basketball at the D1 level. Then he is arrested for crimes that his mother knows he committed, but not why. She’s sure someone has put him up to it, the behavior so unlike him as to be unthinkable, especially since Jamal was on the verge of beginning a better life. Latricia wants Langdon to track down those responsible for her son’s sudden turn from grace, and she wants them to pay.
Small towns are idyllic for many including criminals! Brunswick, Maine is no different. Full-time and part-time residents alike are being terrorized by a group of organized thugs bent on vandalism, theft, and murder. Jamal Jones is a young impressionable young man with a future until he hooks up with Fast Eddie! Now it is up to easy-going, devil-may-care, part-time private detective and bookstore owner, Goff Langdon to figure out how best to help Jamal get back his life. The author, Matt Cost, weaves a captivating story filled with action, deception, and deadly danger. The building of Goff Langdon was done in rich and vivid descriptions that accurately fit the detective throughout. Further, the reaction of Jamal Jones was so starkly different from the others in the group that it was easy to glimpse his easy victimization. The story flowed smoothly and clearly drawing the listener into the story from moment one. The narrator, Shawn Compton, brought the characters to life with his performance. His skillful timing and delivery were perfect. He spoke clearly and communicated the essence of each character with speech and cadence. I enjoy listening to this work performed by Compton. Overall, this is one of those novels that will capture your attention and won’t let go until the end. Do not start this one before bed, it is likely you will be up most of the night listening! There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
Can a frantic mother get justice and help for her son? A promising basketball career hangs in the balance. Goff Langdon is engaged to “see what you can do for my son.” Centered in the middle of a Maine ice-storm, Jamal and two of his fellow students are captured with a van full of loot from burgled and vandalized houses. At six feet seven inches his mother can no longer put her son over her knee. This single mother has been working two jobs to keep him in a good prep school and a roof over their heads. Latricia Jones is at her wits end. All that she had dreamed of, hoped for and worked for was going up in smoke. Can Goff Langdon help her? Langdon with his group of crony detectives sets out to solve these questions. Coffee dog is a comic relief character who is everywhere in the story. He will beg or steal from anyone not paying attention. He is also very friendly and engages everyone with a sawmill tail and doleful eyes. The rest of Langdon’s cadre are a very eclectic group of characters. A subplot takes a tragic turn. This characters are unique, has a number of many interesting turns and is a pleasure to read. I found the book engaging and entertaining. 4.5/5 stars CE Williams