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The John Francis Cuddy Private Investigator Novels

Blunt Darts

BLUNT DARTS

(hc: Walker & Co., 1984; pb: Warner, 1985, and Pocket Books, 1991) -- The novel that introduces Cuddy, as he’s asked to search for the missing son of a suburban-Boston judge when the pillar of the community doesn’t seem to want his own child returned to him.

THE STAKED GOAT

(hc: Harper & Row, 1986; pb: Pocket, 1987 and 1991) -- In mid-eighties Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., Cuddy tries to find the killer of a friend of his from the Military Police during the Tet Offensive in Saigon.

The Staked Goat
So Like Sleep

SO LIKE SLEEP

(hc: Harper & Row, 1987; pb: Pocket, 1988 and 1991) -- Cuddy is asked to help a black college student accused of killing his white girlfriend just before a group counseling session involving hypnosis.

SWAN DIVE

(hc: Harper & Row, 1988; pb: Pocket, 1989 and 1991) -- Cuddy reluctantly becomes the bodyguard of a battered wife during her stormy divorce.

Swan Dive
Yesterdays News

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

(hc: Harper & Row, 1989; pb: Pocket, 1990) -- Cuddy tries to determine who killed a reporter’s confidential source.

RIGHT TO DIE

(hc: Pocket, 1991; pb: Pocket, 1992) -- Cuddy tries to help a law professor who, during her crusade to legalize assisted suicide, receives death threats herself.

Right to Die
Shallow Graves

SHALLOW GRAVES

(hc: Pocket, 1992; pb: Pocket, 1993)--When a young fashion model is killed, Cuddy becomes dragooned into finding her killer by her father, a Boston mobster.

FOURSOME

(hc: Pocket, 1993; pb: Pocket, 1994) -- Cuddy, like a fish out of water, investigates the killing in rural Maine of three people from Metrowest Boston.

Foursome

Act of God  

ACT OF GOD

(hc: Pocket, 1994; pb: Pocket, 1995)--Cuddy is asked to determine whether the killing of a furniture-store owner and the disappearance of his secretary are related.

Act of God
Rescue

RESCUE

(hc: Pocket, 1995; pb: Pocket, 1996) -- In New Hampshire and Florida, Cuddy searches for a boy with a prominent birthmark when his natural parents seem unconcerned about his apparent kidnapping.

Rescue

Invasion of Privacy

INVASION OF PRIVACY

(hc: Pocket, 1996; pb: Pocket, 1997) -- A female banker asks Cuddy to look into the background of her new boyfriend, who at age 45 seems to have no financial history.

Invasion of Privacy

The Only Good Lawyer

THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER

(hc: Pocket, 1998; pb: Pocket, 1999) -- Cuddy tries to help a husband accused of murdering his wife’s divorce attorney, who was a partner in a Boston law firm and served earlier as a prosecutor of juvenile gangs.

The Only Good Lawyer

Spiral

SPIRAL

(hc: Pocket, 1999; pb: Pocket, 2000) -- Cuddy is asked by his former Military Police commander in Vietnam to investigate who could have killed his grand-daughter during a "birthday party" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Spiral



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