Private Eye Writers of America: 2018 Shamus Award Nominee - "Best First PI Novel" 

Toronto Star: 5 Olympic-Themed Reads That Deserve The Gold

"Here be the beginnings of a superb series. A novel that sparkles with wit, sass, and wonderful narrative style. Charles Willeford is rarely mentioned much these days yet his Hoke Moseley series is among the true classics of the genre. Casey is the rightful heir." — Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series

"Barrett's first-person narrative has a music of its own, and his alcoholic hero, just two drinks away from seeking his next fix, is appealingly vulnerable even if the improbable pile of unspeakable felonies here will mainly bring to mind your mother's admonition: don't go near the water."  Kirkus Reviews

"An expertly crafted mystery that introduces the antihero you can’t help but root for, Duck Darley is witty, crass and endearing and quickly became one of my all time favorite characters."  The Suspense is Thrilling Me, 4 Stars 

"It does for competitive swimming what Megan Abbott did for gymnastics, exposing the poison at the heart of a coach's and a family's need to win." — New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross

"A sordid tale of murder and sport. It should be mandatory reading for all thriller aficionados.” — New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"Casey Barrett knows the world of swimming as well as almost anyone.  But who knew it could be the source of so much suspense?" — Bob Costas

"Duck Darley rivals any detective or PI out there today: a bourbon-drinking, fringe-living antihero you'll find yourself rooting for despite his many flaws." — Charlie Donlea

"It's noir-ish and quite old school, but also quite pacy! A seedy undertone throughout the narrative... One for fans of James Ellory maybe? Recommended for sure!"  Bibliophile Book Club

"Olympic swimmer Barrett dives into the disturbing side of competitive sport with his savage thriller debut."  Publishers Weekly

“Deliciously lascivious and violent... will keep readers captivated to the last page.” — Kyle Mills

"Duck is a protagonist you’ll love to hate, but his self-reflection, intelligence and tenacity to protect the weak make him an uncommon hero. The story is dark and gruesome at times, but its brash delivery makes it a totally engrossing mystery with a plethora of evil villains lurking in plain sight. This is a stunning debut filled with excesses, narcissism, greed, and evil delivered with some New York swagger.”  RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"An original, smart and sympathetic protagonist. A great debut novel!” — Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy series