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A Murder of Honor Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425183025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425183021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Spy novelist Andrews (The Towers, etc.)Aex-Green Beret, former CIA operative and onetime aide to a senior U.S. senatorAhere produces a fast-paced, hard-driving police procedural exposing the chilling violence and murky political cesspools of our nation's capital. Father Robert J. O'Brien, a well-known social activist priest, is gunned down in what looks to be a late-night drive-by shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue. Assigned to the case more or less as scapegoats to take the heat off City Hall, veteran "shoot first, ask questions later" homicide detectives Frank Kearney and Jos? Phelps plunge headfirst into a seething mess. Forensic evidence soon indicates that the murder was most likely a professional hit. Missing is a mysterious skinny bespectacled kid with a ponytail, last seen just before the shooting. Another potential witness is found in a red BMW reduced to pancake thinness by a wrecking-yard metal compactor. Meanwhile, a folder of personal ads from a gay magazine and a cool half-million in cash secreted in the slain priest's closet suggest the victim may have been trafficking in hard drugs. Complicating matters further, a sleazy TV journalist twists an on-the-air interview with the city treasurer into an implied indictment of the priest as an embezzler. The body count rises as hired hit men, a former D.C. cop turned private security agency entrepreneur and assorted other suspects turn up to cloud the picture. Set on the eve of a mayoral election, this gem of a thriller marks the auspicious crossover of a writer from first-rate cloak and dagger fiction to street-smart cop lit. It has sequel written all over it. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps have been partners on the District of Columbia Police Force for more than 20 years. They're good cops in a tough town, homicide detectives in a city with the world's highest murder rate. Because they've bent the rules in the past, and because the brass sees them as getting too popular, they've been assigned an insoluble case, the drive-by shooting of an activist priest who has been a long-time thorn in the side of the city administration. What they discover is that the priest may not have been a saint after all, and that the murder was anything but random. Kearney and Phelps have the makings of an interesting duo in this series debut. Kearney is a Vietnam vet, a recovering alcoholic, and a disappointed optimist. Phelps is less fully developed but could grow in future installments. Emerson, their ambitious, antagonistic, and politically astute commander, should provide an excellent foil for the team. This series bears close watching. George Needham
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I plan to read all of this author's books...
david w. osedach
These D.C. detectives are fully drawn, admirable characters, a component important to me in a mystery.
AJ
The plot sustains and builds interest until the final pages, and the pace is exciting.
Stanley Ebner

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Ebner on February 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Robert Andrews' switch from spy novels to murder mystery was a smart move. Setting it in Washington DC provides readers with the best literary inaugural in a number of presidential terms. His writing about a veteran team of DC detectives who work to solve an intriguing mystery against difficult odds is crisp, authentic and atmospheric. His lead characters are not just plausible -- as the book progresses the reader comes to know them as real and interesting people. The plot sustains and builds interest until the final pages, and the pace is exciting. Readers should look forward eagerly to Andrews' next book and the ongoing adventures of DC Detectives Frank Kearney and Jose' Phelps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By john a phaneuf on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Once again Robert Andrews spins a thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. From wonderful, chilling spy novels to stories of murder and intrigue, Robert Andrews continues to hold my admiration as one of the best writers available.
In "A Murder of Honor" Robert Andrews leads us through twists and turns to solve the murder of a local, Washington, DC, priest. Not unlike the streets of the Capital, Det's Kearney and Phelps must navigate the avenues of politics, drugs, murder and city-hall. These two seasoned detectives; who have seen their share of tough cases and the "politics" played in the District; find themselves working to protect not only the honor and integrity of the murdered priest...but their own as well.
This book is well written and well researched and will hold your reading attention well into the night. So, if you're looking to go to bed early, don't start this book as you won't be able to close it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I don't usually read mainstream thrillers like this, but I find it hard to resist anything set in my hometown of Washington, DC. Andrews' tale follows two grizzled DC police detectives, Frank Kearney and José Phelps (the requisite white/black cop duo), as they attempt to solve the driveby shooting of a world-renown local activist priest. Their search of the dead priest's quarters turns up half a million in cash and a bunch of classified personal ads from DC's gay newspaper, The Blade. The killing is poised to escalate into a full-blown media event, with the priest's reputation bound to be tarnished forever, and it's up to Kearney and Phelps to sort out the connections. Naturally, there's pressure from above, in the form of Mayor Malcom Burridge-who is a very thinly veiled Marion Barry.
The plot is appropriately convoluted, with bureaucratic obstacles, recalcitrant informants, and all manner of complications. The DC details are mostly authentic and believable, although the year is somewhat unclear. It appears to be set during DC's "Murder Capitol" days back in '91-'92 or so, but references to Kearney's Vietnam service and age make it seem to be set in the late '90s. One major issue I have with the book is a certain level of cliché creep that occurs throughout. For example, the Mayor has a speech where he threatens the two cops with the tired old threat, "If I go down, you're going with me!" The slimy media star character is also rather cardboardy in comparison to other characters. The other complaint I have with the book is that its fairly well-done procedural aspect is undermined by a ridiculously high body count. Indeed, every clue seems to lead to another murder or wild shoot-out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Frank Kearney and Jose Phillips have worked for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department for over a quarter of a century each. They stared out as rookies at the same time and later became partners. They shared an apartment and know each other on a deep gut level as perhaps only twins know one another.

They are at the downhill side of their careers and both want easy cases to coast into retirement. Still, their boss Randolph Emerson assigns the duo a high-profile case that seems impossible to solve. Someone gunned down the activist priest, Reverend Father O'Brien in what appears to be a random drive-by shooting. The two cops look into Father O'Brien's living quarters and discover a folder containing clippings from a gay newspaper. Even stranger is the half-a-million dollars they find in a closet. Kearney and Phillips have to wonder if a good priest was committing a transgression. However, they soon realize that the evidence plus the killing is more complex and sinister with the two officers potentially being retired in a more permanent way than they would like.

A MURDER OF HONOR depicts the day to workings of an ongoing murder investigation conducted by two experienced cops. Though weary and ready to retire (think Glover in Lethal Weapon), Kearney and Phillips remain dedicated heroes doing what they do best. The homicide almost vanishes as a bigger crime unfolds that will leave the reader shocked and amazed at the audacity and talent of Robert Andrews to successfully pull off such a stunt. Fans of police procedural will enjoy this debut tale.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clif Berry on February 12, 2001
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Bob Andrews immerses the reader into a rewarding world of two homicide detectives who must battle murderers, drug syndicates, and money launderers in the course of solving the seemingly random murder of a priest. At the same time, Frank Kearny and Jose Phelps must cope with the frustrations laid in their path by bureaucratic weasels, slippery politicians, and slimy media figures. As in his earlier novels, Andrews gets the details exactly right while moving the story along at a steady clip. The plot twists and turns interweave nicely with Andrews at the controls. When this story reached its climax and resolution, I felt both satisfied and anticipating Frank's and Jose's next case.
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