Sunday, May 8, 2011

Review: Cherry Beach Express: A Steve Nastos Mystery by R.D. Cain

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ecw Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410053

Product Description


When Steve Nastos is wrongfully accused of murdering his dentist—a man whom he believes committed an unspeakable crime against his daughter—he decides to take the law into his own hands. Freed on bail, he attempts to track down the actual killer in a town where laws are seen more as guidelines and law enforcement agents adhere to their own moral relativism. Handicapped by a recovering alcoholic lawyer, a rogue cop, and a two-faced judge, Nastos has the cards stacked against him. As his estranged yet beloved wife inadvertently becomes involved in the case, the stakes become higher, and Nastos is forced to protect her.

About the Author


R. D. Cain has worked for the last 18 years in emergency services as a paramedic, firefighter, and police officer. He lives in Scarborough, Ontario.
My Review
Just released last week, Cherry Beach Express is a fast-moving, unpredictable mystery thriller from debut novelist R. D. Cain.  As a Canadian, it was great to read a novel set in Canada in this case Toronto.   Detective Steve Nastos is an officer on Toronto Sexual Assaults Unit.  In the course of investigating another crime, he discovers that his young daughter's dentist has been sexually assaulting his young clients.  When the dentist is found dead at Cherry Beach shortly afterward Nastos, who is known for his rough treatment of sexual predators, is the main suspect.  Detective Nastos' riveting trial is followed in the book.  The character development of the other characters in the story from Nastos' attorney to the prosecuting attorney to the judge and Nastos' family is incredibly well done and very believable.  The surprise ending is very believable.

I highly recommend this debut novel from R.D. Cain.

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