Blind Vigil
Rick Cahill Novel #7


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About Blind Vigil

A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.

Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.

He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.

Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.

The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.


"A tense, fast-paced, hard-boiled mystery" —ABC News

"[Blind Vigil is] told in a clear, unadorned style." —Yahoo Entertainment

"[Blind Vigil is] emotionally wrenching and haunting . . . a visceral tour de force of the PI tradition." —T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times best-selling author

"Blind Vigil is a masterful blend of hard-boiled, noirish, slow-burning, yet fast-paced storytelling, proving—once again—that Matt Coyle has earned his place as one of the great authors of classic PI fiction." —Robin Burcell, New York Times best-selling author

"Raymond Chandler-reincarnate Matt Coyle has set the private eye bar at skyscraper height [in Blind Vigil]. Authors who strive to traverse Coyle’s caliber need a hot air balloon." —Bookreporter

"Rick—stubborn, loyal, and suspicious of authority—is an intriguing character" —San Francisco Chronicle

"[In Blind Vigil,] Rick Cahill is a moody PI, tough, hard-boiled, and unapologetic, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe." —Midwest Book Review