Description of Blind Spots
After an inner city family is shot and killed by a young boy, the police commence a search for the person who supplied the gun to the boy. Milo Krantz is one of the first to be arrested. As a rent collector for a notorious slumlord, he is one of the most despised people in the neighborhood. However, when he later appears in court, Milo does an abrupt about-face: he not only confesses to the crime, he refuses to say anything in his own defense.
This sudden change in attitude baffles Gunther Mulvaney, the detective who arrested Milo. Suspicious that Milo is taking the fall for someone else, a stubborn Gunther continues his investigation, which eventually intersects with one being conducted by a private investigator secretly hired to explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding the hospitalization five years earlier of the judge in Milo’s case. But not until Gunther uncovers Milo’s past connection with the judge does he begin to learn the real story behind Milo’s confession.
Reviews of Blind Spots
The novel Blind Spots by Patrick M. Garry once again shows this author’s uncanny ability to take a simple story and turn it into a powerful and moving experience for the reader. In this book, the main characters eventually are faced with a decision that will change each of their lives forever. The choice is between what is morally and ethically right or the expedient alternative. The twists come like body blows as each one decides, and the novel’s conclusion will leave the reader feeling as though they have been struck by a sledge hammer to the chest. Blind Spots reinforces my feeling that Patrick Garry is one of our best American writers, and his work deserves a far bigger audience. If you haven’t read one of his books, I would recommend that you start now.
-John Austin,The Book Club, WTAN, Tampa, Florida
With his novel Blind Spots, talented author on the rise Patrick Garry has written a novel that reveals the blind spots in America’s judicial system with this immensely engrossing and entertaining take on a crime drama told from multiple perspectives. The different perspectives help to fill in the “blind spots” that play a big role, more often than not, in getting convictions in criminal court cases.
The relative brevity of Blind Spots, at 237 pages, does not mean that it is at all lacking in plot intricacy nor in the raw, emotional punch that it packs. Though it is a novel, Blind Spots reveals how the blind spots in America’s judicial system sometimes results in the conviction of innocent people for crimes that they did not commit, while the guilty go free. Anyone who loves reading crime novels, thrillers and mysteries will want to check out this novel by Patrick Garry today!
-CDA News Link to full review
Blind Spots clearly shows us that being sentenced to jail is not the only way in which one can be held captive. Detective Gunther Mulvaney, Judge Donna Davis, and Milo Krantz’s lives become inextricably cast together after the death of an inner city family. Mulvaney, who arrested Krantz, prides himself on having never sent an innocent man to jail. Davis, the presiding judge, struggles with her marriage to a power-hungry politician and her having once felt a true love that was lost. Krantz is a rent collector, a hated thug in the community who would rather go to prison than divulge his well kept, heart breaking tale. Secrets are slowly unraveled resulting in a story of misguided and misunderstood love, betrayal, and ultimately silence.
Here’s a case where good things come in small packages. At 237 pages, Blind Spots is short on size but it carries a big wallop. Garry is well versed in the political and judicial systems and it shows. He uses his knowledge and strong writing to expertly weave together an unlikely cast of three characters: a judge, a detective, and a criminal, all of whom have more in common than they could possibly know. The story is crisp, has witty believable dialog and moves at a fast clip. Always keeping the plot goal in mind, Garry does not divert our attention with extraneous detail but instead sets up the scenes, gets to the point, and delivers the punches.
Blind Spots is a well-written, well-crafted story. The dialog is snappy and the characters entirely credible. The plot action moves at a rapid pace never letting up until the unsettling ending. Amazing at how much the characters are developed in such a compact story, this book rates very high in both writing skill and the art of suspenseful and introspective story telling. Blind Spots is an enjoyable, intelligent read and I give it a Highly Recommended rating.
-Wendy Thomas, Allbooks Reviews
This is a great Goodreads book.
From the description of the book you anticipate a crime mystery story. It is this but also a love story that romance readers may also enjoy. The surprise ending is not what you may expect.
It is just the right length for a relaxing day reading but easy to put down and pick up again if you can’t devote a whole day to reading. I look forward to more books by Patrick M. Garry.
-Susan Krich, Goodreads 5 Star review
Award-winning author, Patrick Garry, spins a mystery within a mystery in his recent novel. Key to Garry’s third person narrative is a complex cast. Garry features a handful of tainted characters—namely Gunther Mulvaney, Milo Krantz, Judge Donna Davis, and her husband, Steven Davis—hiding behind facades . Surrounded by a supplemental yet foiled cast, each principal character (whether a professional or supposed lowlife like Milo) is a mixed bag of personalities laced with problems and/or deception. That said, Garry keeps readers scratching their heads and wishing that the real culprit would rise to the surface. Adding to the confusion, Garry’s characters also have their own set of convoluted circumstances that slowly intertwine in the body of plot.
Garry keeps his story moving by incorporating the aforementioned literary tools within chapters that alternate between character scenes as well as backstories. Amid a flurry of activity and red herrings, Garry also includes cliffhanging chapter endings that eventually (for the most part) get resolved in subsequent chapters. Replete with plenty of twists and turns and closing on an eerily open-ended note, Blind Spots is not only a top-of-the-line read for mystery aficionados and beyond, but also earmarked to be another award-winning book.
–Manhattan Book Review, 5-star review
On the surface, Blind Spots is the story of Milo Krantz, a rent collector for a slumlord who stands accused of providing the gun used to slaughter a mother and her children. He is a career criminal who, though now working legitimately, has failed to redeem himself since his job is threatening people into paying their rent. Under the surface, however, is a man who feeds the very children whose parents can’t pay rent. Milo at one point aspired to make more of himself and is ashamed of what he does, but hides it all under a façade of bravado and pride. This façade starts to break once he faces the judge who presides over his case.
Judge Donna Davis is a woman with a past she is trying to hide. Trapped in a marriage where both parties use each other to get ahead, she lives with the memories of the one man who stood by her when she was left blind and hospitalized after an accident. Those memories start to blend with reality once she is faced with Milo Krantz in her courtroom. Detective Gunther Mulvaney is the person who arrested Milo and who starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Under the surface story of Blind Spots you will find a deeper story of true love, lost love and the effects it has on our lives. The most interesting thing about the way this love story was written is the way the author intertwined both Donna and Milo’s memories of their story. Rather than see it from only one perspective, the reader is able to see it from both sides which helps make it more real. As much as these two people may have been mismatched and from different worlds, they truly loved each other and it was impossible not to want them to end up together. The ending of the book was heartbreaking, but real. The author did not cop out and give the reader a happy, tidy ending. Mr. Garry gave the reader a realistic ending to a story that was tragic from the beginning. I look forward to more work from this talented author.”
-Danielle Feliciano, book reviewer for Reader Views
Blind Spots, by Patrick Garry, is another well-written and intriguing read by the author of the award-winning Finding Flipper Frank.
In this most recent book, Garry takes the reader on an edge-of-your seat journey through the convoluted workings of inner city protections and politics, a somewhat skewed judicial system and then into the mind of an ‘honorable’ man doing what he believes to be the right thing. Yet, what exactly is the ‘right’ thing when the country has just been presented with the death of a mother and her three young children; shot to death in their own home….
I don’t want to give any additional story plots or action away, but suffice it to say that Blind Spots was almost impossible to set down. While it did have a slower start, due to necessary character introductions and additional plot twists, Garry more than made up for it as the tale progressed. Interesting, believable and well-written, Blind Spots was a masterfully woven web of psychological drama with more players, and twists, than the reader might expect.
-Charline Ratcliff, for Feathered Quill Book Reviews
Blind Spots makes engrossing reading. This is a great story, an enthralling tale with a surprising twist, which I loved. I found the book to be one I could not put down easily. … Blind Spots is excellent and well-written; it’s well plotted and well worth the time it takes to read. I loved it and enjoyed every page.
– Reader’s Favorite
“Patrick Garry crafts a courtroom setting to stage the psychological drama that makes this book a page turner. On the surface, the courtroom drama propels the reader through the pages. But on a more profound level, the novel explores the ways in which ambition and fear can cloud one’s perception of truth. His use of alternating viewpoints is a skillful device for not only revealing each character’s thoughts and inclinations, but also for revealing how each character misinterprets events and sometimes deliberately deceives themselves. His story leaves the reader thinking about it for days afterward and anticipating the next novel from this new writer.”
–Midwest Book Review
“She always said that the role of a judge was to keep an eye out for the blind spots of justice.”
Patrick Garry’s Blind Spots is a novel that defies genre. Is it crime fiction, a thriller, a mystery, or perhaps even a love story? The real answer is all of the above. Frequently, when a novelist tries to do too much, he winds up with a book that does too little. In the attempt to meld genres, the story emerges neither fish nor fowl. It becomes more of a platypus—an interesting novelty that is fun to look at but not necessarily something that holds your interest very long. Fortunately Mr. Garry has adroitly avoided that pitfall.
On the surface, his story seems to be a police procedural, much like the long running television series Law & Order, that uses half of its length to solve the crime and the rest of its time pursuing the appropriate punishment. But Blind Spots is actually about what’s below the surface. Why won’t the investigating officer accept what appears to be an obvious solution? Why does the suspect confess to a crime he likely didn’t commit? Why does the judge anguish over whether or not to recuse herself?
Garry intertwines the present with the past to reveal just enough about each of the characters, and their relationships to one another, to selectively reveal motivations as he enticingly builds suspense. His prose seems content to virtually let the narrative tell itself. Much like the film director who goes out of his way to not let his direction show, Gary subjugates style to story and in doing so creates a novel that is poignant without being preachy. It is as concise as it is compelling.
Make no mistake, Blind Spots definitely unravels the mysteries that lie within it, but like the best of novels, it also asks questions that only the reader can answer.
-US Review of Books
In Blind Spots a tender love story lurks beneath a taut thriller. Loyalties are tested and no one is as guilty or innocent as they seem.
Patrick Garry produced a well-written crime novel that will certainly keep the readers turning pages non-stop until the end. His plot mixes a worthy dosage of mystery, legal drama, and thought provoking political corruption, which will fuel many after-thoughts on the readers. It is a short and sweet book, yet the story and topics dealt with still linger in my mind. Garry is also spot on in his character development, all unique and real, generating genuine reactions to their own circumstances. The dialogue always moves the story forward, while unraveling the personalities of its characters.
I found Blind Spots by Patrick Garry to be an awesome legal mystery and thriller. It is filled with current thought provoking issues, which will both entertain and create after-thoughts for the readers. A five-star read in my book, which I recommend to all readers!
-Michel Violante for Reader Views
Blind Spots by Patrick Garry is a highly entertaining and engrossing crime and courtroom drama that presents what happens from various perspectives, filling in at least a few of the “blind spots” that are often not seen nor considered by the legal system. While ostensibly the novel is primarily about the story of rent collector Milo Krantz, who works for a slumlord, the novel is also about the ethical and moral decisions that each of the other main characters face as they seek to find answers and bring Krantz to justice.
While Blind Spots is relatively short, at 237 pages, it packs an emotional punch. It is a powerful story about how America’s justice system, in its rush to find whoever is guilty of having committed certain crimes, sometimes grinds into its gears innocent people, while the truly guilty ones go free. Blind Spots is a spellbinding novel that people who love to read mysteries, thrillers, and crime dramas will love and want to add to their personal libraries.
–Bestsellersworld.com (Click on the link for full review)
This is an extremely well-written thriller. It’s a slow start while the author minutely draws pictures of the characters, bringing them to life. From there, the pace picks up significantly and this reader got caught up in the drama. As the case progresses, there are several views as seen through the eyes of various characters.
There are some interesting twists that I just didn’t see coming. The novel is also about the ethical and moral decisions that each of the main characters must face … leaving readers wondering about themselves and what they would do.
I highly recommend this one! The author has several other books out there, and I’m sure going to be taking a look at them, as well.
-Linda Strong, Book Lovers Book Review
Within this complex novel the author takes us deep inside the lives, minds, fears, hopes and desires of four characters whose lives intertwine in a way that most will never suspect and explain why there are so many areas where we cannot see, where we have a tendency to ignore something in front of us because it is difficult or yields something unpleasant or a small area at the back of the eye that is not sensitive to light causing many to have in all three cases Blind Spots to the world, realities and life…Intertwining the past and the present within the same pages of many of the chapters keeps readers focused and on the alert for evidence that might even change their perception or perspective about each of the characters.
An intricately woven plot with many broken threads that finally weave themselves into perfect patchwork quilt as the author allows each character to confess to his/her own defeats, fears and hopes as Donna Davis wishes she could turn back the clock, Steven wants the past to disappear, Milo just wants to remember and keep his memories and Gunther tries to come to grips with the present. What is the fate of all four? When you look past the blind spots and you finally see clearly you won’t believe what you will learn.
One novel that keeps you riveted to the printed page and wondering what is next for our Detective as the ending makes you wonder what the future holds for Gunter. Donna Davis, Milo Kruntz, Gunther and Steven Davis: Four people living a world they created within their own minds and illusion living within their own Blind Spot.
– Fran Lewis, Just Reviews/MJ Magazine, 5 Star review
– Selected to be profiled on “Book Notes”, a literary review program in Tampa, Florida.
-Awarded an Indie Reader Seal of Approval
Feathered Quill’s Interview with Patrick Garry about Blind Spots can be found on the Feathered Quill Blog.
Winner, Book Excellence Award (Canada)
Winner, 2016 International Book Award
Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Award
Finalist, MIPA Midwest Book Awards
Gold Prize Winner, 2016 Feathered Quill Book Awards
First Place, 2015 CLUE Awards
2016 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Silver Medal
Finalist, 2015 Somerset Literary Award
Beverly Hills Book Award
Winner, McCombs Book Award for Best Mystery
Winner, BooksandAuthor.com – Best Books of the Year Award
2015 USA Best Book Award
Winner, NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
2016 Natl. Ind. Excellence Award