Review: Twice as Fatal by R. Weir
Jarvis Mann is a Private Detective living below a beauty salon in Denver. When his landlord Kate asks him to get dirt on her cheating, no good husband, it seems a simple enough job. He tails the lousy husband while also looking for a missing college football player. Things get complicated when his delving into the cheater reveals some nasty business, and finding Ray, the college student stirs up more trouble than his disappearance. Complications mount along with a body count and Jarvis has his hands full. The sex trade, a torture chamber, blackmail, arson, and murder all get in the way of Jarvis Mann’s attempt to fix his relationship with his girlfriend, Melissa.
R. Weir’s Jarvis Mann is a likable sort for a low rent P.I. He is someone you might know or meet at a cookout. He has wit and charm, but not too much. He can hold his own in a fight but does tend to get his ass kicked occasionally. The story has just enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Just when you think things are all wrapped up, something happens to complicate matters. Weir manages to bring both cases together with ease and believability. His conclusion is messy, like real life. I look forward to seeing what Jarvis Mann will get into in the future.