Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Forever Haunt
Author: Adam Carpenter
Series: The Jimmy McSwain Files #5
Heroes: Jimmy McSwain/Frank Frisano
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 265 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Fifteen years ago, NYPD officer Joseph McSwain, was gunned down while trying to stop a robbery. His murder was never solved. Until now.
For his son, Hell’s Kitchen private detective Jimmy McSwain, his father’s death has defined him, defied him, and denied him his chance at happiness. But the shooting death of a young officer named Denson Luke has re-ignited the investigation into the mysterious Blue Death conspiracy. Jimmy still must earn a living, so he cannot ignore a family in distress.
New neighbors Carmen Ramirez and her young son, Sonny are clearly running from danger. Overnight, their case becomes one involving a missing father, a Chinese crime syndicate, and an abduction which threatens to overwhelm Jimmy’s mission of solving his father’s case. His relationship status with Frank Frisano on and off again, Jimmy tries to do double duty, jeopardizing his own safety.
It’s only when another murder occurs that Jimmy finally finds the path that has eluded him. His investigation finally leads him back home, where a devastating family secret overshadows all he’s learned, and the cost to the McSwain family may never be repaid. Jimmy realizes the blood on his hands will forever haunt him.
Review: Jimmy McSwain is back, and this time, he is connecting more dots that lead to the final clues about his father’s murder. He has a few side cases going on at the same time, but really, he is focused on solving the long-cold case of the Forever Haunt. The copycat execution-style murders of two more people and those connected with them (i.e. various police covering up) all start to paint a clearer picture for Jimmy. But, what will the answers end up costing him? Will he finally be happy when he does find out? Will his on-again, off-again relationship with Frisano survive? These are all things Jimmy must contemplate as he digs deeper.
Speaking of Frisano, Jimmy and Frank go through their usual routine of trying to have a relationship where their jobs continue to intervene. They cross paths on the job and not always going in the same direction. Add to that is Frank’s father putting on more pressure (especially once a family meeting finally occurs), and you have a pretty precarious path they are walking. And while they must continue to keep their relationship a secret (for the sake of Frank’s job), these two end up on a more solid footing than ever before. It was nice to see their relationship and feelings progressing significantly in this installment.
This series has some pretty colorful characters in it as well. From Jimmy’s “friend” Terry Cloth (who is is always a joy to visit with) to his father’s old partner whom Jimmy often confides, it is always fun when Jimmy stops in for visits.
This installment forced Jimmy to take a step back and really think about what it all means, from his relationship with his family, his father’s memory, what Frank means to him, etc. I have enjoyed tagging along with Jimmy as he traipses around NYC, and although he has finally solved the Forever Haunt, I’m excited to see him move on and see where he will take us next.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*