Where I Can See You
by Larry D. Sweazy
Cover Artist: Getty Images
Review by Mel Jacob
Seventh Street Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781633882119
Date: 10 January 2017 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
A dark police noir mystery follows Hud Matthews, a former Detroit Police Detective, as he accepts a similar job in the community where he was born. The once thriving lake-side area is now slowly dying. Hud hopes to learn what happened to his mother who left one day with a man in a big black car, but never returned. However, his new boss warns him to forget the past and stay focused on the present.
Past and present intertwine when a young woman is found dead by the local conservation officer. She was known as a meth dealer, but no meth was found in her blood. Her emaciated body tells another story. Hud discovers her young son is the same and both suffer from a debilitating disease.
Everyone seems concerned that the past stay hidden, but Hud cannot leave it alone. He uses his intelligence and his observation the crime sense to find answers and applies the same to his search for his mother. He is convinced the answers to the current wave of murders lie in the past.
The conservation officer disappears and Hud follows. The man's wife is bludgeoned to death, but the police don't think the conservation officer did it. Eventually Hud locates the man, but before he can arrest him, someone kills him with a high-powered rifle. Hud and a fellow officer come under attack, but only the windshield of the police car is hit. Both Hud and the police officer are injured by glass from the windshield.
Sweazy has written other mystery novels including two Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries and a stand-alone mystery, A Thousand Falling Crows. The tone of Where I Can See You is much darker. The narrative is interspersed with sections that seem to be an interrogation of sorts about Hud, his shooting of his snitch in Detroit, and the events of the novel. The novel holds a convoluted story and few will guess the killer until close to the end.