Dark Fissures

Dark Fissures

Rick Cahill #3

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.

Brianne Colton, a beautiful country singer, is convinced her estranged husband’s suicide was really murder. Rick is unconvinced, but the mortgage has to be paid. Each new piece of evidence convinces him she’s right. He breaks his number one rule and falls for Brianne even, as he begins to question her motives.

As Moretti cinches the vise tighter, with Rick unable to trust the FBI, evil forces emerge from the shadows who will do anything, including torture and murder, to stop Rick from uncovering the truth.


“Hardboiled detective lore author Raymond Chandler lives on, in the guise of Anthony Award-winning Matt Coyle, creator of the Rick Cahill series… Each installment sets the hardboiled thriller bar higher, making Dark Fissures my number one Top Pick for 2016.”
“Gripping…satisfying hard-boiled adventure.”
—Publishers Weekly
“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

Full Reviews

Lefty Award for Best Mystery Finalist
Macavity Award for Best Mystery Finalist
Bookreporter.com Reviewer Favorite Book of the Year

“Coyle’s latest, featuring private investigator Rick Cahill, juggles several different story lines, and each one is compelling… The mysteries will keep even jaded readers turning the pages to see how everything fits. 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.”

“…an engrossing story, well-written… Certainly, Matt Coyle will intrigue the reader with both the plots and characterizations presented.”

“I enjoyed this entertaining thriller.”

“Hi-adrenaline, fast paced, a series with non-stop danger and action and a troubled PI, to love. What an adventure! …A nice balance between character and action. They compliment one another, as Cahill’s character shines through… As I have mentioned from the first book, Coyle is a talented author to follow! Powerful plot planning, and rich character development… Fans of Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), David Baldacci, and J. Carson Black (Cyril Landry) will enjoy this well-written series. Highly recommend reading all the books in the series, for the full background of the highly entertaining Rick Cahill. Can’t wait for the next ride.”
—Judith D. Collins

Dark Fissures is a roller coaster ride through the streets of San Diego. Tightly plotted with memorable characters. An outstanding read!”
—C. J. Box, New York Times best-selling author of the Joe Pickett novels

“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. Go buy it.”
—Thomas Perry, Edgar® Award-winning author of the Jane Whitefield Series

“I think I’m falling for Rick Cahill. He’s the best kind of down-on-his-luck detective: hard-boiled yet vulnerable; gritty but gallant; somewhat of a screw-up but noble to the core; droll yet all heart. I’ll follow him anywhere. Coyle’s writing was terrific out of the gate but still manages to get even better.”
—Kristi Belcamino, Anthony, Barry, and Macavity award nominee author of the Gabriella Giovanni mystery series

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