R. J. Jagger’s detective novel A Way With Murder stars gumshoe Bryson Wilde and is set in the Denver of the 1950s. In many ways, it’s a tribute to the hard-boiled detective novels of Mickey Spillane.
Early in the story, a beautiful reporter named Secret steps into Wilde’s office. Her name lives up to its promise, and soon Wilde must keep her safe after her investigation into a series of murders runs her in trouble.
Kevin Stillwell performs Jagger’s novel with a whispery gruffness (his voice elevating only to play the vixen-ish Secret) that is so period-appropriate that one can imagine it set to a bluesy saxophone accompaniment.
Bryson Wilde, investigator for hire, lives in an edgy world where the dames are dangerous, cigarettes dangle from ruby-red lips, and the nights are hotter than whiskey-soaked jazz. In R. J. Jagger’s riveting noir thriller A Way with Murder, Wilde finds himself entangled in two deadly assignments, one for a young, raven-haired attorney on the run after visiting an archeological site in Mexico, and the other for a pretty, little doll-face, who is too mysterious to trust and too hypnotic to resist. As Wilde negotiates the dangerous undercurrents of his treacherous new cases, he soon discovers that not only are the two on a collision course with each other, but that no one is safe when someone who has such a way with murder is around....
This audiobook is a love song to the hard-boiled novels of the '50s, and author R. J. Jagger's talent recalls the early works of Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline.