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William D. Pease, whose first novel, Playing the Dozens, had Nelson DeMille comparing him to "Dashiell Hammett at his best," continues brilliantly in the footsteps of Hammett in this intricate and irresistible second novel. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Результаты поиска по книге.

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When the man accused of killing a cop is found hanging in his cell, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Holden investigates a bizarre case involving drugs, money, sex, and corruption. Reprint. NYT.
This book just kinds of plods along. It kind of lulls you. I used it for bedtime reading and it was perfect. A lot of the action that turns out to be relevant happens off stage and you don't know about it until the very end. But that's fine it doesn't really detract from the humdrum story. The story (when it finally get around to it) is about wrapping up major international drug dealers protected by all kinds of corrupt Wash DC cops. That sounds real enough. That sounds interesting but the reality is in this book it is at best diverting. The orginal receipt was in the book as a bookmark. Someone paid $2.98 for it in the Crown Books (RIP) bargain bin in 1993. My wife got it as part of a box of books for $5 from our local library. At that price it was fine. Listen the author tried writing a couple of books 15-20 years ago and then dropped the idea. After finishing this I can see why. No one will ever read this review but what the hey. It can't hurt.
Pub 1990 so another great thrift shop find. Expanding plot with unfolding directions. As author former US Attorney the story was punctuated with insights of chasing criminals within the framework of the law and why that is so necessary for successful prosecution. Characters were genuine. First read of this author and will look for more on the thrift shop book shelves.
I picked this up because I've been trying to read my way through pretty much every piece of crime fiction set in Washington, D.C. The author was an Assistant US Attorney in D.C. for 15 years prior to writing this, and I was deeply worried that this was going to be a stilted, obviously amateur effort at writing. Nothing could be further from the truth -- it's a well-plotted procedural that draws a very realistic picture of the pitfalls of cops and lawyers trying to take down a cautious drug kingpin.

The book opens with a great tense scene where a man in a restaurant shoots a cop in the face. The killer then refuses to talk to anyone except AUSA Holden, claiming to have gotten his name from Det. Eddie Nickles. Soon, Holden, the grizzled D.C. cop Nickles, and a young detective find themselves tangled up in a confusing web involving the killer, funeral home magnate and suspected drug lord Milton Higgs, his possibly snitching bookkeeper, possibly dirty cops, and a possibly wide net of corruption.

The story focuses on the procedural elements, but leaves plenty of room for some tense action (the cops capturing of a wiretapper is a great section) and Holden's personal life (a rocky relationship with an advertising exec). It does a nice job of showing Nickles and Holden navigating the grey areas of what's legal and what they are obligated to report given the possible corruption within their ranks.

The book also has a few interludes that take the reader to Italy and the Virgin Islands for some scenes with the international drug runners. These could have been trimmed with no loss to the storytelling, and kind of trip up the pacing of the book. But other than that minor complaint, the book is extremely good -- it even has a nice twist to the ending. Definitely recommended for fans of police and legal procedurals and I have to say that it holds up well some 25 years after being written.
Average. I felt like this was a book in search of a story. The author certainly filled the prerequisite of putting a lot of words on the pages but unfortunately they do not do anything together. I was looking for a tight, risky book - much as the dust jacket implies, but I got something much less entertaining. The only good thing I can say is that not many of the words had over 5 letters in them.
This book is easy to read. There are not many characters which may confuse you. There are not many ups and downs in the process of getting the bad guys either. The only mishap to the hero is what happened to his girl friend and a FBI agent. The circumstances of this "accident" is, predictably, the result of mistaking the agent for the hero. It seems that it is a bit too easy in the round up of the drug dealers and indeed the author could put in more actions there. I would expect (1) more twists in the plot, and (2)the ending is at a climax of higher altitude.
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