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Foursome [Paperback]

Jeremiah F. Healy


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May 1994
When three members of the Foursome--a pair of wealthy, libertine couples--are found murdered by a peaceful Maine lake, Detective John Cuddy is hired to scour Maine's North Woods and Boston's meanest streets to find the killer. Reprint. NYT. K.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm) (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671795570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671795573
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,400,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A top-notch mystery with a drop-dead beginning, Healy's eighth John Cuddy novel, following the Shamus-nominated Shallow Graves , is loaded with red herrings and brightened by small moments of warmth. When three members of a fun-loving foursome are crossbowed to death in a Maine summer house, sole survivor Steve Shea becomes the prime suspect. The evidence against him is considerable: his bloody footprints are found around the house; he's discovered holding the weapon; his dead wife Sandra and his dead friend Hale Vandemeer had been lovers. While Steve, who isn't a very likable sort, may be innocent of the murders, he may be guilty of something else: his job for a weapons manufacturer is extremely secretive and the killings coincide with a big sale. Boston PI Cuddy finds other angles of note: Hale's car-dealer brother has financial woes; Hale and Vivian's loathsome drug-dealing son has a girlfriend with gang ties. Beneath these high-profile motives runs the resentment of Maine locals who have little use for the yuppy foursome's fancy wines and blithe gutting of the landscape for a pretty view. Cuddy's adventures start in a low key--graveside conversations with his own departed wife--and escalate to trading gunshots from speeding cars. Each aspect is handled with finesse.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Boston's p.i. John Cuddy has had some tough cases (Shallow Graves, etc.), but none as seemingly hopeless as the task of saving Steve Shea from a murder conviction. Shea, a super salesman at DRM, Defense Contractors in Boston, built a posh summer home on Marseilles Pond in the Maine woods. He and wife Sandra--with inseparable friends Dr. Hale Vandemeer and wife Vivian--spent summer weekends there, with loud music and an assortment of high- tech water toys, not endearing them to their few neighbors--like fedora-wearing, shotgun-toting Ma Judson or one-armed, one-legged environmentalist loner Dag Gates. One evening Shea, as was his habit, went to pick up wine and groceries--a 20-minute drive--and returned to find his wife and the Vandemeers dead--each shot with a crossbow. Protesting innocence, Shea is arrested and jailed. His lawyer hires Cuddy to explore any avenue that could provide even reasonable doubt of his guilt. Cuddy probes for means and motives- -the Vandemeers' no-good son Nicky and his drug-pushing, gang member pals; Hale's brother Hub, a car dealer in financial straights; Shea's hard-driving competitors at DRM. In the end, an overhyped secret and a casual remark put Cuddy on the right track- -with his life on the line and rescue from an unexpected source. Boston's mean streets and Maine's peaceful waters provide the richly contrasting background for a sometimes chilling, always compelling story: Healy's best to date. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's candy, but fairly decent candy. Oct. 22 1997
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The main character, private detective John Cuddy, has depth, but few of the supporting characters do - including the ones killed off. Although you are given many characters who dislike the victims, you don't get to know them very well. It feels as if you're given just the bare personality essentials so the author can get on with the story. The story is woven well, taking you off in many directions and showing you many suspects with motive. The story limps to an end, however, with the most unlikely, and least developed character as the killer. Only then are you allowed insight to his personality and given a motive.
It's a page turner, without a doubt. But the story moves very fast and you are led to believe that you will learn more about all the suspects in the next turn of the page. It's a tease. You devour the story hoping to get to know the characters better but you are handed the killer far too easily in the last few pages.
Although the murder is committed in Maine, the book may be a bit more enjoyable for those who live or work in and around Boston. Detective Cuddy lives and spends time in Boston. The surroundings are described in great detail, but without any profound impact or connection to the story.
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