Overview

Trybulski utilizes The Ides of June to introduce a set of colorful characters headed byDoherty, a rough and tumble former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney now languishing in the institutional bowels of the New York City Department of Education.  The Ides of June opens when Doherty’s love interest, Dana McPherson, introduces him to a school principal who wants justice for the thirty-year-old unsolved murder of her twin sister.  A murder that was one of a series of killingsdubbed the Ides of June murders.  Doherty, along with Dana and his close friend, the enigmatic Native American Hank Lowrie Jackson, take on the case pro bono.  The trio quickly learn that the murder was not what it seemed and that there are unseen forces desperate to derail the investigation.

Doherty, the tough-talking first person narrator, knows, however, that the application of righteous rage to a worthy cause works as well on the streets as it does in the courtroom.  Despite several violent attempts to dissuade him, he continues to pursue the matter from New York to Savannah to the Florida Gold Coast and back to the Connecticut shoreline.  Wading through the human waste of society, he manages to raise the suspicions of the FBI, incurs the wrath of a mobster, and becomes the target of an assassin.  And all the while tending to his three lovable cats.  The world Trybulski creates in this taut, nouveau-noir narrative is edgy, in-your-face, just like his protagonist.  Employing a lean, tough voice, peppered with cyanide-tipped one-liners, the author portrays a brand of justice best achieved at the thin edges of the law.