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Pub Date 04 Dec 2018 | Archive Date 25 Feb 2019

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Shamus Award, Lefty Award, and San Diego Book Award finalist

Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code

Naomi Hendrix’s sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn’t the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking Naomi, hiding in the shadows of the night, waiting for the right moment to snatch her and fulfill a twisted fantasy.

When Naomi’s radio station hires PI Rick Cahill to protect Naomi and track down the stalker, he discovers that Naomi is hiding secrets about her past that could help unmask the man. However, before Rick can extract the truth from Naomi, he is thrust into a missing person’s case—an abduction he may have unwittingly caused. The investigating detective questions Rick’s motives for getting involved and pressures him to stop meddling.

While Rick pursues Naomi’s stalker and battles the police, evil ricochets from his own past and embroils Rick in a race to find the truth about an old nemesis. Is settling the score worth losing everything?

A must-read for fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole

While all of the novels in the Rick Cahill PI Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:

Yesterday’s Echo
Night Tremors
Dark Fissures
Blood Truth
Wrong Light
Lost Tomorrows
Blind Vigil
Last Redemption
(coming November 2021)
Shamus Award, Lefty Award, and San Diego Book Award finalist

Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code

Naomi Hendrix’s sexy voice hovering over the radio...

Advance Praise

Praise for Matt Coyle & the Rick Cahill thrillers


“Anthony Award–winner Coyle's gripping third Rick Cahill novel (after 2015's Night Tremors) finds the vulnerable, well-meaning La Jolla, California, PI in fear of losing his house to a bank foreclosure. Even worse, the town's police chief, Tony Moretti, is preparing to arrest Rick for murder in a case involving a missing person as soon as he gets enough evidence. Meanwhile, singer Brianne Colton hires Cahill to prove that her police officer husband, Jim, didn't commit suicide but was murdered. Jim didn’t trust Moretti, which puts Cahill in a tough position. The deck is stacked against Cahill, but he comes up trumps by the end of this satisfying hard-boiled adventure.”

―Publishers Weekly

“Those who enjoy gritty crime dramas will like Cahill and appreciate Coyle’s writing style. Though this is the third in the series, Dark Fissures is a great place to start.”


“If you like tight, fast, dark thrillers, you'll do well to follow Coyle into

the dark fissure that runs through Cahill's soul.”

―Suspense Magazine

“Matt Coyle's Dark Fissures is a meticulously plotted detective novel with such fast and continuous action that neither the cars nor the gun barrels ever cool down.”

—Thomas Perry, Edgar Award-winning author of the Jane Whitefield Series

“In this tale we find all the elements that garnered the first book such high praise: complex characters, snappy dialog, a fast-paced plot, and a clever blending of crime noir tropes with today's culture. The gods seem to take delight in persecuting Rick Cahill, but readers will relish this fast-paced and complex whodunit.” 

—Library Journal

“Matt Coyle has done it again.”

― La Jolla Village News

“Private Investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. No body has been found, but the evidence that’s piling up says murder and it all points to Rick. With Moretti on his tail and the bank about to foreclose on his house, Rick takes a paying case that will stave off the bank, but pits him against Moretti and the La Jolla Police Department.”

―San Francisco Book Review


Praise for Matt Coyle & the Rick Cahill thrillers


“Anthony Award–winner Coyle's gripping third Rick Cahill novel (after 2015's Night Tremors) finds the vulnerable, well-meaning La Jolla, California...

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Naomi at Night - in San Diego; a soothing voice on the radio from 9PM till studio. Rick Cahill was called by Chip Evigan to that station because he believed that Naomi had been threatened. A six page letter was shown by Chip to Rick (a PI) who was hired to work out the case. The threat became a possible truth, "Don't disappoint me and awaken my rage." This, if Naomi did not mention "Pluto" by name on her broadcast once in the following week. She was told nothing of any threat or letter. This, likely, due to the station wanting her to sign her new contract? Chip wanted to flush out this Pluto - but no cops and everything had to be on the QT.

Eventually, after Naomi's show that evening, Rick went with Naomi to a bar where he showed her a copy of the letter. She does not think it is a credible threat. Later, she calls Rick to tell him that someone stole her gun! He went to her house to find out what was going on.

No gun permit so she insists - no cops. He asked her when she did time in prison. She runs to her room and slams the door. Rick stands vigil the whole night. During that time, Rick checks Naomi out on the internet and finds that she has a clean record. This is when the reader wonders if Naomi is REALLY Naomi.

The following morning, Naomi tells Rick about her background. she was in an arranged married when she was 14 - the groom was 25!

Just when you think all of the plot is in front of you; the Russian Mafia are involved, Naomi gets a bodyguard, Rick is sent on a nightly mission, Rick gets in trouble with the cops and FBI, Alicia (who worked at Sonic drive-thru) disappears, Rick's friend Moira is in the picture and everything goes upside down. We find out that Rick owes the Russians a favor (and 10,000) and a nightly stake out. Also they bring in some stem cell research and a trip to a Gentlemen's Club.

Just when you think that TOO MUCH has been folded into the story, pieces fall together and with a number of twists and turns, you cannot put the book down'

Praise to Matt Coyle for a superb read. Never dull or boring. Lots of suspense and adventure! RECOMMEND!

Many thanks to Quarto Publishing and NetGalley for a rollercoaster ride!!!

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Wrong light by Matt Coyle.
Rick Cahill has come to 1350 radio station to see Chip Evigan. He has contacted Rick about threats to Naomi. He is the program director. Naomi is Naomi at heart  on the radio from 9 til midnight. She has been sent a letter. The police don't think it's a threat. But it has been sent by someone who named themselves pluto. A fantastic read.  I loved the story and the characters especially Rick. He got things done. Didn't see that coming. Loved the ending too.  5*.

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I was given a ARC copy of this book for an honest option. First Matt Coyle once again delivers with his Rick Cahill story. This time we find Rick doing under cover work for a local radio station. One of it's evening personality's has been getting some not so good fan mail, phone calls and so on. Rick has to take on the job of protecting her and finding out who the mystery man is and what he want's with the beautiful Naomi. But Naomi has secrets of her own that she doesn't want brought to the light. Along with the Naomi case Rick is also having to deal with the Russian Mafia. Will Rick survive or will this be his final down fall. This is a very exciting and riventing book that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end!

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This is my first book in the Rick Cahill series by Matt Coyle. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read about this imperfect detective. The flow was good and characters were developed. There was a bit of mystery and some suspense but not as much as I had expected. There were two situations occurring at the same time for the detective to follow, but I think it would have been more interesting and better fleshed out if it had focused on the Naomi storyline. I'm considering reading some of the earlier books in this series, and maybe I would have been more in tune with the characters if I had read the series in order. It's an okay read but had the potential to be much more and the ending seemed a bit rushed as both situations needed to be wrapped up.

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Ok.... to put it as simply as possible, there is no better Private investigator series than Matt Coyle's Rick Cahill series. He's just the most flawed and interesting character in the genre. This series gets better with every book, but I'm really worried about Rick"s sanity and how much more loss and disappointment he can take. All I know is, I will definitely be there for the long haul. Excellent,once again Matt Coyle!

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Another great adventure for P.I. Rick Cahill who is balancing two cases and trying to survive. Throw in a missing person case in which he might also be involved and he is in a world of trouble. He was hired to find out who is stalking Naomi Hendrix, a night radio talk show hostess. Naomi has a complicated history and at first doesn’t believe she has a stalker. Her story keeps changing and she has an “I can take care of myself” attitude, but soon realizes that she does need Rick’s help. At the same time a former threat, from his past, has come back to add to Rick’s troubles. He calls in help from one of his best friends and an unwilling F.B.I agent. The action is non-stop in this sixth book in the Rick Cahill series. Will Rick be able to protect Naomi? Will he be able to stay alive long enough to not only find the stalker, but put an end to the threat from his past? I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

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Southern California, hard-boiled PI Rick Cahill returns in another investigation into dark, evil characters. The book is so suspenseful, you’ll be checking out shadows, studying who might be lurking there. If you want thrills, chills, and suspense, you’ll find it here.

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Wrong Light – Matthew Coyle
I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.
In southern California, a voice on the airwaves is soothing everyone in its paths, and there is talk of syndication in the future. Naomi Hendrix belongs to that sultry voice and has her fair share of fans. Fan mail arrives regularly, but recently, a letter arrived that concerned her producers. Concerned them enough that they contacted PI Rick Cahill to assess the situation.
As Rick arrives at the radio station, he can’t help but notice the lack of security. As he peruses the letter given to him by station manager Chip Evigan, he too, becomes concerned for Naomi’s safety. Naomi, however, is unimpressed. Until her handgun is stolen from her car – a handgun that she isn’t allowed to have, and therefore cannot report missing – but she does tell Rick. Then things really start happening!
A kidnapping, and a visit from a Russian mob member looking to collect on a promise round out the drama, and have Rick running on empty as he attempts to balance mob demands against protecting Naomi. Mix in some club action and you have an adventure that you won’t want to put down!
This was my first book by author Matthew Coyle, but it certainly won’t be my last! Fast paced, with unexpected plot twists – all that keeps you coming back for more! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Rick Cahill series!

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Wrong Light, the latest iteration of the travails of Rick Cahill, continues to solidify Matt Coyle's place among the masters of the crime fiction genre. Cahill fights a continuing battle against the prevailing allegation that he murdered his wife, causing almost everyone to distrust and dislike him, including many of his very few friends. Flying under this cloud, he continues to grind out his PI trade against all odds. The result is unflinchingly tense and delightful.

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This novel is about Private Investigators, it is set in the present time in San Diego.
Rick Cahill is hired by a radio station to find out who is stalking Naomi, a radio announcer. Naomi does not want the police involved, which makes Rick’s job more difficult. Rick takes on the job but is also trying to solve another crime. Rick hires two investigators to help.
The novel is about stalking, murder and crime. The action mostly takes place at night. Rick is constantly under threat of being killed by some Russian’s who are trying to protect a secret.
There is a lot of action and murders throughout this novel. There is conflict between Rick, Naomi and the police.

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The story of Rick and Naomi kept me going till I finished it on one weekend.

It has strong figures and good storywriting and therefore can be recommended to anyone looking for a fresh chill.

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