Created by Thomas D. Davis
DAVE STRICKLAND is a private investigator who calls San Jose, California his turf. His first appearance, in 1991’s Suffer Little Children, scooped a Shamus for Best First P.I. Novel.
What’s most surprising, though, is the series’ religious overtones, and Dave’s ongoing struggles with his faith — themes you don’t come across often in this genre. Dave’s a lapsed Christian, still reeling from his infant daughter’s crib death and his wife’s suicide. In Suffer Little Children, he’s hired by Reverend Bauer to find his five-year-old son Billy, who suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, and throughout the series, Davis tries, not always successfully, to deal with his memories and his loss of faith.
I don’t mind downbeat, but Dave’s downright depressing. In fact, he’s a mope. He gets beat up regularly, and the constant refrain of tragedy and misery both Dave and his clients have to endure gets wearisome after a while. Still, for those who aren’t afraid to follow Dave as he wrestles with his many demons may enjoy this wallow.
- Suffer Little Children (1991) | Buy this book
- Murdered Sleep (1994) | Buy this book
- Consuming Fire (1996) | Buy this book