Trace by Warren MurphyTrace by Warren Murphy


byWarren Murphy

Paperback | August 23, 2015

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Devlin Tracy is a very good insurance investigator in a profession that rewards success. He lives in a luxury condo on the Las Vegas Strip and only works when he feels like it. He also drinks vodka by the pint, cracks wise to damn-near everyone, and has what can charitably be described as a complicated relationship with his girlfriend. None of that matters to the Garrison Fidelity Insurance Company. They’re interested in results. Which is why they keep Trace on retainer. 

Problem: A patient at a private clinic died, shortly after making his doctor the beneficiary of his insurance policy. Suspicious. Now a wealthy friend of the Garrison Fidelity is a patient at the same private clinic, and he isn’t doing well. Troubling. Solution: Send Trace, who has a natural way of shaking things up. On the surface everyone’s friendly and nothing points to murder, fraud or larceny. A late-night beatdown from two masked thugs sends a very different message, however, and tells Trace that he’s onto something. If only he could figure out what he’s onto. 

Trace is the first in a series of suspense novels featuring the charmingly hardboiled insurance investigator.

WARREN MURPHY was born in Jersey City, where he worked in journalism and politics until launching the Destroyer series with Richard Sapir in 1971. A screenwriter (Lethal Weapon II, The Eiger Sanction) as well as a novelist, Murphy's work has won a dozen national awards, including multiple Edgars and Shamuses. He has lectured at many co...
Title:TraceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.55 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Warren Murphy Media, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0990656667

ISBN - 13:9780990656661

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro to a great series PLOT OR PREMISE: Devlin Tracy is a claims investigator working for an insurance company. The VP gives him a case to investigate -- a friend of the President of the company is in a sanatorium, and one of the other patients changed their beneficiary on their insurance policy before they died, and the doctor at the sanatorium got the winfall. The President is afraid for his friend, that he'll be pressured to do the same, and wants Trace to make sure there's nothing weird going on. . WHAT I LIKED: Warren Murphy was also creator of several other series, and while some of those were kind of pulp-style, this one is a full "standard" novel. Wise-cracking, determined, but not always the fastest to figure things out. Trace works hard, keeps poking until something shakes loose, and then grabs on and won't let go until whatever scheme falls apart. All the elements of the series are here -- drinking like a fish, sleeping with suspects, wearing a little frog pin that records conversations, and a bit of a blundering style that worms his way into lots of situations. There are sub-stories with drugs and potential lawsuits, but mostly it is just about Trace shaking things up. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: He has a girlfriend, of sorts, and her portrayal in this one is more annoying than usual for the series. Plus she comes in near the end as a super-detective to help solve the case, but Trace was doing fine on his own. She helps him out, as she often does, but she was mostly superfluous for this outing. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.
Date published: 2017-01-14