Yesterday’s Echo

Yesterday’s Echo

Rick Cahill #1

Murderer. The label that stains forever.

Eight years ago Rick Cahill was a young hotshot cop in Santa Barbara, geeked on the adrenal blast of the badge. Then someone murdered his wife and all fingers pointed at him. The charges were dropped but the fingers kept pointing, aided by a network TV show investigating his wife’s unsolved murder.

Free from jail, but not from his past, Rick finds work back home in La Jolla. When Melody Malana walks into his restaurant, Rick is reminded of what his life felt like before he lived it in the shadows. Melody’s smart and sexy, but is hiding her own dark secrets. When she asks Rick for help, the former cop in him says no, but the rest of him says yes. But doing the right thing isn’t easy in a town where you’ll always be the wrong man.

After Melody is arrested for murder, Rick, haunted by his failure to protect his dead wife, takes up her cause as his own. He then uncovers evidence that can either exonerate or doom Melody. With the police now targeting him for the murder and desperate people trying to kill him to keep their secrets hidden, Rick must save himself and challenge his feelings for a woman whose past is darker than his own.


“Coyle’s promising debut introduces ex-cop Rick Cahill, a tarnished knight who battles internal and external demons…Cahill turns out to be both tough and resourceful when forced to confront his past.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Coyle does a superb job of drawing the reader in and keeps a steady pace of action along with solid character development. This celebration of the crime noir novels of old with a modern sensibility in Rick Cahill as hero will strongly appeal to fans of classic hard-boiled PI novels.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review
“… flawlessly executed debut novel…crime noir at its best, teeming with memorable characters and unexpected plot twists…The warts-and-all Rick Cahill is a breath of fresh air and one of the most exciting protagonists to hit the pages of a novel in a long time. A cool, compulsively readable crime story from beginning to end.”
—New York Journal of Books

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Winner of the 2014 Best First Novel Anthony Award
Winner of the Ben Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction
Named one of 2013’s Best Mysteries by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine!
Winner of the 2014 San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery
2014 Best First Novel Macavity Award Finalist

“…a wonderful debut novel…evokes the spirit of James M. Cain’s twisty stories of characters in bad situations while also being a thoroughly modern story that drives along at a breakneck pace…plotted with a sure hand, and the prose flows fast and crisp like a mountain river… ”
—Suspense Magazine

“Holy Cow! Matt Coyle sucks you in and spins you around and when you finally finish, you say, ‘WOW!’ You will keep thinking about this story for quite a while…This is a non-stop action, suspense book it is a must read.”

“Outstanding debut…don’t miss this One!… From the first page I was hooked… Wow, thumbs up for Matt Coyle! Yesterday’s Echo is the first book that he has ever written… I can’t wait for the next one.”
—Fresh Fiction

“As I was reading Matt Coyle’s Yesterday’s Echo I was thinking, ‘What a great movie this would make!’…This debut novel has everything…a strong dash of Raymond Chandler’s California-noir style, but Coyle is no copycat. His characters and their situations are contemporary…Coyle is also adept at un-peeling the onion of his plot, making the reader aware that there are secrets below the skin, but always holding a plot twist or two in reserve.”
—The Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia

“…fast-moving story… Those looking for a fast-read beach book will find this is a good one.”
—U-T San Diego

“…the beginning of what promises to be an exciting new series…this is a book that does absolutely everything right.”
—David Marshall, Thinking About Books

“So full of suspense, I was almost tempted to peek at the ending. Glad I didn’t… I, for one, am looking forward to the next Rick Cahill adventure.”
—Mary Ann Smyth, BookLoons

“Debut novelist Matt Coyle is a modern-day Raymond Chandler.”
—L. Dean Murphy, Bookreporter

Yesterday’s Echo is the debut novel written by Matt Coyle. He writes in the style of the classic hard-boiled P.I. novels of old, but in a fresh, updated way. The writing is strong, fast-paced and exactly what readers look for in this type of story. Yesterday’s Echo is one of those stories that is difficult to put down…The author is adept at the twists and turns that reader’s love and that keep them turning pages long into the night.”

“Coyle throws a good mix of shady characters into the plot, several of whom end up surprisingly complex… Peppered throughout the novel are little writing gems…PI and police procedural fans, Matt Coyle is a writer you’ll want to watch… I’m excited to see where he goes from here.”
—Jen Forbus, Jen’s Book Thoughts

“Readers looking for a smart new spin on the classic P.I. novel will find it in Matt Coyle’s terrific debut, Yesterday’s Echo. Coyle turns the difficult trick of paying the proper respect to the traditions of the classic hardboiled novel while stamping it all with his own distinct, contemporary take. A great read.”
—Gar Anthony Haywood, The Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of Assume Nothing

“Disgraced ex-cop Rick Cahill runs but can’t hide from his past in Coyle’s gripping and gritty tale.”
—Dianne Emley, LA Times bestselling author of the Detective Nan Vining thrillers

“A sharp, compelling read, Coyle’s Yesterday’s Echo conjures images of Chandler’s California, while reverberating with an energy and style all his own. Watch out, mystery fans, Matt Coyle has entered the scene!”
—Stephen Jay Schwartz, L.A. Times Bestselling Author of Boulevard and Beat

“Anyone who wishes, as I do, that Raymond Chandler had written more novels ought to read Matt Coyle’s Yesterday’s Echo, which zings with wit while it convinces us that police, politicos, and business folk can be as mean and corrupt as ever.”
—Ken Kulken, award-winning author of the Tom Hickey’s California crime novels

“Suspense! White knuckle excitement! Debut author Matt Coyle brings it all in Yesterday’s Echo as he drops disgraced cop-turned-restaurateur, Rick Cahill, into a whirlwind of murder and deceit. An exciting new voice! You can bet Coyle is most definitely here to stay.”
—Darrell James, author of the award-winning thriller, Nazareth Child


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