Crooked cop Joe Denton gets out of prison early after disfiguring the local district attorney, which doesn't help his popularity. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues.
Meanwhile, local mafia don Manny Vassey is dying of cancer and keen to cut a deal with God. He's thinking of singing to the DA if this will set him up for a better afterlife. And he knows stuff that will send Joe down again for a very long time.
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By Kevin on 17-08-10
A Satisfying Noir
I have to chime in, if only to defend narrator Joe Barrett. He is not, as the lone other review up states "the worst." His gravelly voice is perfect for this kind of hard-nosed crime novel, and his performance is great.
The book itself is also very good, tightly plotted and full of interesting twists. It lost a star for me in literally the last 30 seconds, which I won't spoil here. Suffice it to say the final lines made me roll my eyes pretty hard, but they didn't ruin the book for me. I'd still recommend it. It's not as good as Zeltserman's other book, the stunningly great "Pariah," but it's not bad.
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By Linda on 16-10-11
For how long and in how many ways can you listen to someone feel sorry for himself? Self pity and bad judgment abound. The narration is the single bright note. It is the only reason I am continuing to slog my way through.
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