Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

I can figure out who did it in most whodunits. This one is tough. There are so many twists; the plot turns on a dime, and until very near the end you’re not sure who, if anyone, to believe. But the best thing about “Bad Things Happen” is the wry, cynical, tone, personified by the lead character, “a man who calls himself David Loogan.” The edgy suspense is neatly leavened by an amused, understated irony, and the mix is addictive. This is noir mystery with at least half its tongue cleverly planted in its cheek. I raced through “Bad Things Happen” in record time, enjoying every minute of it.

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