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Memorial Day : a Mick Callahan novel
Shannon, Harry.
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Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2004.
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264 pages ; 23 cm
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Acclaimed author Harry Shannon makes his mystery debut with the hard-boiled novel, Memorial Day, featuring an unlikely amateur detective who has as many problems of his own as the people he's investigating. Psychologist Mick Callahan was a television star until women, booze, and his own ego brought him down. Now the former Navy SEAL washout is a man on a mission -- to get his life back on track. He reluctantly accepts a job hosting a radio talk show near his little hometown of Dry Wells, Nevada. When a troubled young caller is murdered, Callahan decides to investigate. But when the mystery girl turns out to be the daughter of the richest man in the county, Mick is compelled to uncover the dying town's sordid secrets, wrestle with his own memories of an abusive childhood -- and literally run for his life on the climactic Memorial Day.Harry Shannon lives in Studio City, California.

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Booklist Review

Meet Mick Callahan, a former television talk-show psychiatrist foiled by his own ego (and a penchant for liquid refreshment). Now he's earning an undistinguished living as a radio host in Dry Wells, Nevada (a place for which the phrase small town is too grandiose). But, several years after his self-inflicted downfall, things are looking up: in a few days, he has an interview for a job that will return him to television. The only roadblock is the potential for scandal surrounding the murder of a young woman caller to his show. Mick needs to find out whodunit before the case can foul up his job opportunity. First-novelist Shannon gives the amateur-detective theme a nice little twist by giving his hero a deadline--and a self-centered one at that. The crisply detailed small-town desert setting adds to the novel's sense of freshness. Callahan isn't the first psychiatrist-detective hero, but he's certainly one of the more memorable. Let's hope he's around for a long run. --David Pitt Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Five Star rolls out two novels set in the American West: Laurie Moore's kinky sequel to The Lady Godiva Murder (2002), The Wild Orchid Society, in which Fort Worth homicide cop Cuzanne Martin joins a decadent secret society in order to track down a sadistic killer known as the Executioner and Harry Shannon's noirish mystery debut, Memorial Day, in which down-on-his-luck psychologist Mick Callahan, now a radio talk-show host near his hometown of Dry Wells, Nev., investigates the murder of one of his call-in listeners. Advance praise from Bill Pronzini and Barbara Seranella should give it a boost. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Mick Callahan, once a famous pop psychologist, now a recovering alcoholic, retreats to his small-town roots in Dry Wells, NV. There, two sudden murders, probably connected, get his attention. One of the victims had asked him for help, just as a Beverly Hills woman had done three years earlier and met the same fate. So he sticks around, jeopardizing a Hollywood audition, to question suspects, antagonize the richest family in town, help a computer-nerd friend, and solve the murders. Big-city problems in a little town tackled by a likable hero result in a most promising first mystery. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.