Harry Starke by Blair Howard

Book 1 in the Harry Starke Novels series

Private Investigator Harry Starke spends sleepless nights wandering the city streets. His perpetual attempt to clear his head takes a dark turn when a frightened young woman runs past him and hurls herself off a bridge to her death. Wracked with guilt over letting the woman’s life slip through his fingertips, he vows to find out what drove her to make that fateful plunge.

His search for clues leads him into a corrupt underworld where sins and secrets are traded with little regard for the innocent lives left shattered in their wake. To discover the victim’s tormentor, he must match wits with a crooked congressman, a beautiful senator, and a sadistic killer. But if he doesn’t tread carefully within the intricate web of lies, he’ll end up as the next casualty in a lawless game of blood.

Harry Starke is the first standalone novel in a series of hard-boiled private detective mysteries. If you like tough-as-nails heroes, political scandals, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Blair Howard’s gritty series starter.

Unfortunately, you hooked me ‘bad' in Book 1 so I am going to have to read the whole series. Only three other authors have accomplished that with me… Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon Series), Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp Series) and Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight Series). Not bad literary company…. Dennis Coleman