Third Rail is an excellent novel and page turning from beginning to end. Gritty at times, Eddy Harkness is a solid character with many layers. Unlocking Eddy so he can find his gun takes the reader through many shady areas in his hometown as well as Boston. Cops, murder and mayhem, a missing gun and a new street drug (Third Rail) makes this novel interesting. I guarantee the complex dynamics kept this reader riveted till the last page!
Eddy Harness is a man with a knack for finding things (especially when he’s on a drug raid). He was a man going places in the Boston Police Department until a mishap at a World Series game derailed his career. Now, he’s a meter man in his hometown police department.
One night Eddy’s police-issued gun went missing. Since he didn’t want to lose his job, he walks around using a toy gun made of plastic to hide that fact. And the “fun” is just beginning.
This is a subtle novel as it gradually introduces each layer of characters, storylines, and some complex current events. Mr. Flynn has done a wonderful job creating a plausible plot. He wields his craft well; especially in view this is his first mystery novel. Bravo!
At crime scenes, Eddy Harkness is a human Ouija board, a brilliant young detective with a knack for finding the hidden something—cash, drugs, guns, bodies. But Eddy’s swift rise in an elite narcotics unit is derailed by the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaos of a World Series win, a death some camera-phone-wielding witnesses believe he could have prevented. Scapegoated, Eddy is exiled to his hometown just outside Boston, where he empties parking meters and struggles to redeem his disgraced family name.
Then one night Harkness’s police-issue Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, Harkness starts a secret search—just as a string of fatal accidents lead him to uncover a new, dangerous smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic disc gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the darkest corners of the city, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect.
With a textured sense of place, a nuanced protagonist, and a story that takes off from page one and culminates in a startling finale, Third Rail has all the elements of a breakout mystery success.