Framing the Dialogue

The Dead Man

Jack Davis suffers from tics.  Not any regular variety tic.  Jack gets body racking, bent over, shaking tics.  That’s a negative for a FBI agent.  Not surprising, Jack is a former FBI agent.  He is still a top-notch investigator and his skills are still valued by some.  In The Dead Man a series of seemingly connected deaths touch Jack Davis and he is hired to find out about the deaths.  When one of them has a link to Jack’s deceased daughter, the FBI roars in to try to pin the death on him.  The FBI doesn’t really like Mr. Davis and is looking to get back at him for the crimes that went down is the first book of this series.

“The FBI had retired me at age fifty because of a movement disorder that makes me shake, sometimes bending me in half, sometimes strangling my speech, sometimes leaving me the hell alone. The cause and the cure are both mysteries, the symptoms a capricious mix of hiccups and hammer blows. The more I do, the more I shake but a friend once told me that the more you do, the more you do. So I put as much into my days as I can, accepting that it will rattle my cage. Some days are diamonds and some days are stones.”

This novel by Joel Goodman is a good detective story.  Jack Davis is a likeable figure and a great investigator.  His personal life is a wreck…mostly caused by the death of his children and his dedication to the FBI.  I cannot help feeling so bad for his tragic life as he works to solve crimes.

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