Day of the Tiger by Dallas Gorham, 313 pages, Seven Oaks Publishing LLC, March 6th 2016, Genre: Hard-Boiled Mystery. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.
Review by Leigh Holland.
Day of the Tiger is the fifth installment of a seven book series featuring private detective Carlos McCrary. Carlos “Chuck” McCrary served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan, working to make the world a bit safer and better, and has the battle scars to prove it. Now a private detective, Chuck continues his quest to make the world a safer and better place, not just for the strong, but for everyone. There are two things about Chuck that I adored. One, he tries to be funny, but most people don’t get his quirky sense of humor. I could relate to that. Chuck won’t be deterred, and neither will I. Keep the groans and odd looks coming, folks. Two, Chuck cannot stand by and watch someone unable to defend himself get picked on by bullies. When Chuck was a kid, he got the crap kicked out of him by school bullies to defend another kid. He gave as good as he got, and the bullies left the kid alone, so it was worth it. This defines Chuck’s worldview; everything flows from this event and his decision to protect the other kid, no matter the personal cost.
Enter Tank Tyler, a multi-millionaire NFL player, with a job for his old friend Chuck. A mobster named Monster Moffett has threatened to kill Al Rice, his old college buddy and former fellow college football player. Al Rice owes Monster a couple hundred thousand dollars and is past due on the payment date. Monster smashed Al’s hand brutally and has threatened to kill Al’s mother if Al can’t pay by the new due date. Sure, Tank could pay the debt for Al easily, as he has paid all of Al’s other debts over the years. But Tank knows they’re caught up in a vicious cycle and paying off the debts every time only enables Al. Tank asks Chuck to protect Momma Dora and help him find a way to get Al to reform his bad habits that led him here. When the evildoers kidnap Dora, the stakes are raised and there’s no way Chuck can let them harm her.
Despite being part of a series, the book stands alone so it may be read without having to read all the prior books in the series. This is an enjoyable fast-paced hard-boiled adventure with plenty of action, imperfect heroes, and interesting antagonists. I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it to fans of hard-boiled fiction.
This book can be found at Day of the Tiger.
It is better to live for one day as a tiger than to live for a thousand years as a sheep.
Opposites attract, right? Is that why a tiger like Tank Tyler keeps bailing out a sheep like Al Rice? Tank is a wealthy investment manager and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame—the pertect tiger in life, both personally and financially. Tank’s friend Al Rice is the polar opposite: a miserable failure of a sheep since being kicked off his college football team sixteen years ago, a loser at the mercy of drugs and self-pity.
What mystery has entangled the lives of these two men? Tank Tyler and Al Rice share a secret that ruined Al’s life and turned Tank Tyler’s dreams into nightmares for years, in spite of his outward success.
Now Al Rice has been targeted by Monster Moffett, a loan shark who crushed Al’s hand with a ball-peen hammer when he couldn’t pay his debt. Moffett even threatened Al’s mother, Doraleen Rice. In fear for her life, Doraleen begs Tank Tyler for help. Tank hires Private Investigator Chuck McCrary to protect both Doraleen and Al.
Then Al goes missing. When Chuck searches for him, he uncovers a trail of human sex trafficking and forced prostitution.
Moffett’s organized crime gang kidnaps Doraleen Rice to hold as collateral for her son’s debt. Al swears to turn his life around, but he’s promised that before.
Chuck will need more than brawn, balls, and bullets to sort out this mess.
About the Author:
Dallas Gorham is a sixth-generation Texan and a proud Texas Longhorn, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in the top three-quarters of his class, maybe.
Dallas, the writer, and his wife moved to Florida years ago to escape Dallas,the city, winters (Brrrr. Way too cold) and summers (Whew. Way too hot). Like his fictional hero, Chuck McCrary, he lives in Florida in a waterfront home where he and his wife watch the sunset over the lake most days and where he has followed his lifelong love of reading mysteries and thrillers into writing them in his home office. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Florida Writers Association. He also chairs the Central Florida annex meetings of the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America because he can’t get anyone else to take the post.
When not writing fiction, Dallas is frequent (but bad) golfer. He plays about once a week because that is all the abuse he can stand. One of his goals in life is to find more golf balls than he loses. He also is an accomplished liar (is this true?) and defender of downtrodden palm trees.
Dallas is married to his one-and-only wife who treats him far better than he deserves. They have two grown sons whom they are inordinately proud of. They also have seven grandchildren who are the smartest, most handsome, and most beautiful grandchildren in the known universe. He and his wife spend waaaay too much money on their love of travel. They have visited all 50 states and over 90 foreign countries, the most recent of which was Morocco, where their cruise ship stopped at Agadir (don’t bother).
Dallas writes a blog at dallasgorham.com that is sometimes funny, but not nearly as funny as he thinks. The website also has more information about his books. If you have too much time on your hands, you can follow him on Twitter at @DallasGorham, or Facebook at facebook.com/DallasGorham.