Reviews: Big Flies


After Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer and hospitality critic, dies in an automobile accident, his son, Leland, is the heir to his prosperous estate. Among the late writer’s possessions are stacks of magazines hidden in an attic that suggest that his stories about his world travels were less than authentic.

As Leland grew up, it seemed as if his father was never home. If he wasn’t at the exotic locations depicted in the various publications, then where was he? What was he doing?

In a witty mystery that simultaneously follows the lives of the father and son, clues that Chester leaves behind point to notorious unsolved crimes committed within a fifteen-year span:

  • The D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest
  • The theft from a Caribbean museum of a twenty-four-carat-gold cross recovered from a sixteenth-century shipwreck
  • The inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank
  • The theft of a collection of priceless artifacts from a Mexican anthropological museum

As Leland unlocks the mysteries surrounding his father’s true life, he finds himself with even more unfathomable questions that he never anticipated asking about his family—and himself.

Rating: 5 stars


Big Flies by Keith Hirshland is a great read. I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style. It switched back and forth from two of his characters’ point of view. They told the story. Imagine losing both parents and finally after the loss of the second parent, the truth of that parent comes to light. What was once thought to be truth is far from it. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book. A son trying to discovery what he dad was and really is. I can relate to that as well. My dad is quite a mystery himself. Some questions still are not answered and maybe never will be. However, this novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, Big Flies is one mystery I highly recommend to all. 

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