A sinister private detective agency, a shady shell corporation, and a dead friend—Rick Cahill is on his most dangerous mission yet

Private investigator Rick Cahill has been running from his past and chasing the truth his whole life. But his past is relentless—and so is his CTE, a disease caused by repeated head traumas that has attacked his body and his mind. As his CTE progresses, he realizes that the disease not only threatens his life but also endangers his family’s well-being.

As Rick struggles to keep his family together, he does a favour for Sara Bhandari, a business contact. Then, Sara is murdered, and the police believe her to be yet another victim of a serial rapist who has been terrorizing greater San Diego. But Rick has reason to question their theory. Determined to find the truth at any cost, and against his wife’s warnings, he investigates on his own.

Along the way, he bumps up against a sinister private investigative agency and a shady shell corporation that may be hiding more than company secrets. As Rick digs for the truth about Sara’s death, he risks his own life and the lives of countless innocents caught in his relentless crusade. Ultimately, Rick must decide if his quest is worth the risk of losing his family forever.

Matt Coyle is the best-selling author of the Rick Cahill PI Crime Series. He was named the 2021 San Diego Writer’s Festival Mystery Writer of the Year, and his novels have won the Anthony Award, the Shamus Award, the Lefty Award, and the San Diego Book Award, among others. He has also received nominations for numerous Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, and Lefty Awards. Doomed Legacy is the ninth in this award-winning series.

Matt hosts the podcast Crime Corner with Matt Coyle. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.

This keeps you intrigued all the way through and I was never sure what would happen next, always unexpected. I so admire these authors and their ability to dream up so many wonderful stories. Definitely, a crime series to get hooked on plus would make a great TV show.



  1. October 17, 2022 / 8:08 pm

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for the lovely review. Just a quick note: the headline says DOOMED LEGACY by Matt Taylor. My last name is Coyle, which you have correctly in the body of the review.
    Thankd again for reviewing Doomed Legacy!

    • karensworld.writer
      October 19, 2022 / 12:59 pm

      Hi Matt,
      Extremely sorry about that miss print, not even sure where that came from lol.
      All corrected now and pleased you liked the reviews.

      • Anonymous
        October 25, 2022 / 5:12 am

        No worries. Thanks!

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