Falling Immortality : Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Debut, hard-boiled mystery fiction for men. Stephen King's son describes a fitting genre as MANfiction (the opposite of Chick lit). Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn't what it seems to be and he doesn't have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey's challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can't seem to remove his head from his butt. And he'll need all of his wits to complete the task.
- Paperback | 231 pages
- 143 x 216 x 14mm | 327g
- 15 Aug 2011
- Rainbow Books
Prepublication Endorsements: Think of Mike Hammer. Then think of James Bond (as portrayed in the films, not the one in the books). Merge them into a single character and you have Casey Holden, PI. Add a plot that could have come from the pen of Mickey Spillane. A cold case, sexy women, and dialog that races along like Holden's Viper fast, flashy, and eye-popping. Falling Immortality is, for fans of macho, slick talking, wise cracking sleuths, a must read. --Frederick Ramsay, author of the Ike Schwartz mysteries Meet Casey Holden, former cop, now a PI facing the most dangerous combination that can confront a shamus: a beautiful woman with secrets and hard men who don't want him to find them. Like a post-modern Mike Hammer, Holden doesn't lack self-confidence or the quick comeback or the tendency to find trouble. Robert Downs' debut novel, Falling Immortality, skillfully tips its fedora at the hard-boiled mystery genre. It's fast-paced, tightly structured and keeps you guessing until the end. This will be a writer and series to watch. --Jon Talton, author of the David Mapstone Mysteries and the Cincinnati Casebooks Rob Downs has created the classic, basically 'good man', in a sometimes very wicked world. An original, very vivid journey through society's weakness and perversity. Casey Holden is an excellent Virgil to this modern underworld. The characters are fully fleshed, the dialogue sharp and racy. Falling Immortality is a superb read. A real enjoyment. --Paul Doherty, author of the Hugh Corbett Medieval Mystery series and The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series
. . . a creditable first novel in the private detective genre. . . . Casey Holden, PI, is a character reminiscent of Shell Scott in the old series by Richard Prather, with his wise-cracking, sexual innuendo, and women on the side. . . . the book itself is well put together in short, easy-to-read chapters with adequate editing, an eye-catching cover -- Lola R. Eagle "Reading New Mexico"