cover image Lost Tomorrows: A Rick Cahill Novel

Lost Tomorrows: A Rick Cahill Novel

Matt Coyle. Oceanview, $26.95 (368p) ISBN 978-1-60809-245-1

Coyle’s exiting sixth novel featuring San Diego, Calif., PI Rick Cahill (after 2018’s Wrong Light) opens with Rick getting a call from Leah Landingham asking him to come to Santa Barbara to attend the funeral of her sister, Krista, who was his training officer when he was a rookie cop 17 years earlier. Three years later, his wife, Colleen, was murdered, and he hasn’t been back to the city since. He hesitates because he knows that within the Santa Barbara PD he’s still unjustly despised as “the cop who got away with murdering his wife.” At the funeral, Leah asks him to investigate Krista’s death. The police think it was a hit-and-run accident, but Leah is sure it was murder. When Rick, whose creed is “Sometimes you have to do what’s right even when the law says it’s wrong,” learns that Krista had reopened the cold case file on Colleen’s murder just one week before her death, he knows that the two crimes are connected. The twisty plot takes readers down some false trails before reaching the explosive climax. Noir fans will be well satisfied. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. (Dec.)