Synopsis of On Harrow Hill
When an old colleague comes to him for help solving the mysterious death of his town’s most prominent resident, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney must use all of his analytical skills to hunt a murderer who just might be killing from beyond the grave.
The idyllic community of Larchfield is rocked to its core when Angus Russell, its wealthiest and most powerful citizen, is found dead in his mansion on Harrow Hill.
A preliminary analysis of DNA gathered at the crime scene points to the guilt of local bad boy Billy Tate, whose hatred for the victim was well known.
Except that Tate fell from the roof of a local church and was declared dead by the medical examiner the day before Russell was killed.
When police rush to the mortuary, they discover Tate’s coffin has been broken open from the inside and the body is gone.
A series of murders soon follows as Larchfield loses its collective mind. Gun sales explode. Conspiracy theories and religious fundamentalism spread.
The once-peaceful town becomes a magnet for sensation seekers, self-proclaimed zombie hunters, TV producers eager for ratings, and apocalyptic preachers rallying the faithful for the end of days.
His quiet retirement shattered, ex-NYPD detective Dave Gurney finds himself not only facing down a murderer, but struggling to restore order to the town rapidly spiraling out of control.
Synopsis of On Harrow Hill taken from Amazon
Review of On Harrow Hill
On Harrow Hill is the seventh installment of the series starring Dave Gurney.
As always, he’s an author who doesn’t disappoint. The plot is complicated, perhaps a little too much, but very interesting and well managed. Although sometimes you wonder if you’re actually reading a comedy.
The characters, in this installment, meaning the Gurney couple and Dave’s collaborator, Jack Hardwick, are much better than in the last one.
As I said, the plot is complicated, with twists and turns that you don’t really know where they’re leading. But, in the end, in the very end, you realize that the only suspect left is the bad guy.
Putting it that way, in reality, it doesn’t have much merit, but you have to bear in mind that if you don’t suspect him a little from the beginning, the whole thing is not so clear.
As for the Gurney couple, and I’m referring specifically to Mrs. Gurney’s attitude towards her husband’s ventures into his old job, it’s much more understandable than in previous installments. This makes things much easier for the reader (and for Dave himself) who doesn’t have to worry about that part.
The ending is quite astounding, and if it weren’t for the dramatic bits, it would be hilarious. I don’t mean that the ending is bad. It’s that the bad guy’s escape made me laugh just imagining it.
Very good, as usual. Waiting for the next one.