NICKEL PACKAGE by David Chill

This is the sixth in a mystery series.  I think it must have been free, because I have no others in the series, and I usually read series in order.

“A vicious killer is on the loose. Their targets are connected, but the motives are unclear. Brought in by a Fortune 500 company to do a simple background check, Private Investigator Burnside is suddenly thrown into the middle of a sea of carnage. And as he moves forward into this harrowing case, his own life is placed in mortal danger.

Desperate to find the culprit before they strike again, Burnside faces his biggest challenge yet, and one in which a single wrong move — or an ill-timed quip — could prove to be very deadly.

Filled with unexpected twists and turns, the story focuses on the glitz of the entertainment industry, but goes on to reveal the harsh corruption that lies seething beneath the surface.

Nickel Package embarks on another vivid tour through the eclectic world that is Los Angeles. From the tony corporate suites to the seemingly peaceful middle-class neighborhoods to the gritty urban neighborhoods, the reader is introduced to intriguing new areas and fascinating characters.

And it wouldn’t be a Burnside novel if it weren’t loaded with irreverent humor! Nickel Package delivers an exciting mystery that is both compelling to follow — and marvelous to read.”

I agree.  Not much to add, other than it was a fine, workmanlike offering.  Nothing overly special.  Burnside is an ex LAPD cop, and an ex high end university football coach, and quit the big life so he could spend more time with his lawyer wife and young son, which definitely makes a nice change from the usual hard-drinking, alcoholic, divorced loner P.I. trope.  The book title is from football.  Yeah, I had to look it up.

The nickel defense is a basic defensive formation that is designed to stop a pass play. The alignment features four down lineman, two linebackers, and five defensive backs. It can also be referred to as a nickel play, nickel package or nickel alignment. Also, it is known as a 4–2–5 or 3–3–5 defense.

I’m not really sure just how this applies to the plotline, but then again, I wasn’t giving this a close reading.  If it doesn’t jump out and whack me between the eyes, I just keep moving on.

 

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