Friday, April 10, 2015
Review of California Thriller by Max Byrd (1982)
Published in 1982, California Thriller is a fairly average P.I. tale charting the progress of Mike Haller in solving the mystery of a missing newspaper reporter. Haller has less hang-ups than the average PI, being in a stable relationship and lacking a self-destructive streak and macho bravado. He is though dogged, tough and smart. The tale itself mixes a standard missing persons plot with a wider, fairly fanciful conspiracy. Whilst there is steady stream of action, most of it is reasonably standard PI work and the tale only strays into ‘thriller’ territory in the last quarter, and even then in a fairly low key way.