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Murphy's WillMurphy's Will by Edward a McCoyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A well-crafted legal thriller...

Author Edward A. McCoyd weaves a compelling and noteworthy legal thriller. With intriguing twists and turns it will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a gripping and mesmerizing story set against the backdrop of Black Monday in 1987. The characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction and it’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘It’s 1987. Several years earlier, with little money but big ideas, a young man named Hanny set off to find answers to what he considered life’s great questions. He hasn’t been heard from since he was in Peru three years ago, and his father has since died in a car accident. Hanny doesn’t know that, nor is he aware that he’s the sole beneficiary under his father’s Will. Hanny’s mother, Madeline Murphy, works for Tim O’Leary, a seasoned trusts and estates attorney. Tim and his wife Marge, a private investigator, locate Hanny after an adventurous search. Unsettling information comes to light, however, about how Hanny’s uncle Chris, the executor, has been investing the estate assets. Tim persuades a court to step in, but something terrible happens. Realizing he has run out of options; he drives to Vermont to meet with Hanny and deliver the tragic news.’

This for me was a phenomenal read. It’s one of those stories that stayed with me for several days after I finished reading it. The vivid descriptions of the settings, situations, and the people were stunning. The author’s use of genuine dialogue further added to the overall atmosphere of authenticity.

The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. McCoyd pays as much attention to his sentences as he does to his plots, shifting or consolidating meaning with the use of a single word. His writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create an authentic mystery thriller that fans of the genre will enjoy.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Edward A. McCoyd in the future. I would recommend this book and also add that it has a distinctly cinematic feel to it. Highly recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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