Liar’s Dice delivers an interesting mystery full of surprises just waiting for Shane Cleary to tackle.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: LIAR’S DICE by Gabriel Valjan

The Description

Shane Cleary Mystery: Book 4
Publication Date: March 14, 2023

Boston might be white with snow, but there’s nothing but a winter’s darkness for Shane Cleary, a former cop, veteran, and reluctant PI. There’s an international war within the mafia over drugs, and he has been asked to find the nephew of the local crime boss. When federal agencies descend on the city and order the police department to stand down on a homicide, the BPD reaches out to Shane for answers.

Shane’s past in Vietnam comes to haunt him when the corpse of a veteran is found on Boston Common, frozen to death in front of the State House. Then, a former army buddy comes to town looking for justice. His presence endangers all that Shane holds dear.

Shane must come to terms with a side of himself he thought he had left behind. The mounting body count and circumstances compel him to play a game of Liar’s Dice. Can he deceive and detect deception around him? Protect those he loves, while he solves the cases?

The Review

Being on the mafia’s radar may not be the safest spot to be, but former cop Shane Cleary is never one to back down from a challenge.

In Liar’s Dice, the fourth installment of the mystery series bearing his name, Cleary is tasked with using his private investigator skills to track down the crime don’s nephew. Along the way, he stumbles on news relating to a fellow veteran’s unexpected death.

Author Gabriel Valjan dishes out a trifecta of thrills as Cleary juggles a search for the missing Sal, a probe into Gentleman Jim’s death along with someone searching for vengeance.

Written with that PI flair associated with Sam Spade, the characters are brought to life. There’s a helpful cast of characters at the beginning to give readers some context. Although part of a series, this installment can easily be enjoyed as a standalone.

Cleary must straddle the lines between truth and lies if he and his loved ones are going to survive as the body count rises. Life in Boston during the 1970s is never dull.

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About The AuthorGabriel Valjan writes historical crime fiction. He is the recipient of the Macavity Award for Best Short Story and he has been listed for the Bridport and Fish Prizes, the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion Awards. He lives in Boston’s South End and answers to a tuxedo cat named Munchkin.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thank you so much for reading Shane. The fifth Shane Cleary mystery, THE BIG LIE, is written. See you next year? Thanks again, GV.


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Liar’s Dice delivers an interesting mystery full of surprises just waiting for Shane Cleary to tackle.4.5-STAR REVIEW: LIAR'S DICE by Gabriel Valjan