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We All Fall Down [Kindle Edition]

Steven Hart
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Fast-moving and twisty . . . delivers one electric jolt after another.”
J.D. Rhoades, author of Breaking Cover and The Devil’s Right Hand

“The characters are complex and winning, the plot tight, and especially
rewarding, the writing itself is excellent.”
Kristy Kiernan, author of Matters of Faith and Catching Genius

As the first and only woman police officer in the fading blue-collar town of Bridgeborough, Karen McCarthy knows she has a lot to prove – to her fellow cops and, even more dauntingly, to herself.

So when she bungles a chance to arrest the number-one suspect in a cop-killing incident, Karen throws herself into the investigation in any way she can manage. Trouble is, the more she learns about the case, the less clear-cut everything seems to be. There is also a cabal of corrupt officers within the force to reckon with, and when Karen comes face-to-face with the killer himself, an already difficult case turns into a threat to her life as well as her police career.

Author and journalist Steven Hart is the author of The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway (The New Press, 2007), a widely praised work of narrative history. Now he turns his hand to crime fiction for his first novel.

Already praised by top-notch novelists as a bold new thriller, Steven Hart’s We All Fall Down offers a realistically drawn woman cop who’s neither an adorable ditz nor a fantasy superheroine. Karen McCarthy is a very tough, highly vulnerable woman who is still learning to deal with her demons. For her, every victory is hard-won, and carries a personal cost.

Editorial Reviews


Fast-moving and twisty, Steven Hart's We All Fall Down delivers one electric jolt after another. It'll keep you up at night. -- J.D. Rhoades, author of Safe and Sound, Good Day in Hell, Breaking Cover and The Devil's Right Hand.
--Book cover

The characters are complex and winning, the plot tight, and especially rewarding, the writing itself is excellent . . . you'll want to read We All Fall Down in one sitting. -- Kristy Kiernan, author of Catching Genius. --Book cover

* * * A New York Post "Required Reading" title * * *

Hart does a good job portraying Karen McCarthy as both a vulnerable woman and a police officer determined to find and face the truth. He also paints believable characters, from the crackhead who breaks into the wrong house to the corrupt police chief and his posse of sycophants. -- Pat Turner Kavanaugh, The Star-Ledger.

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Black Angel Press (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058TUOOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Gal, Tough Times, Tough State June 22, 2011
Anyone who has ever dealt with New Jersey cops knows they are a mixed breed. In Hart's novel, the police of a fictious New Jersey town are corrupt, often evil, and sometimes conflicted. Karen McCarthy, a new cop with a great many issues, has to decide whether to be one of the boys or a stand-up officer.
Hart, a skilled stylist, smoothly darts back and forth between protagonist and law breakers, and brings everything together in a believable fashion. This is a first rate crime novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 5, 2014
By Barbara
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I loved how this male author got in a female head to pull this fantastic story off. Great job Steven
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jersey Grit Propels Steven Hart's Novel, We All Fall Down December 12, 2012
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If you're in the mood for a well-crafted, gritty page-turner focused on crime and punishment in a New Jersey township, then Steven Hart's We All Fall Down is the novel for you. Hart has written not only a compelling story but also shaped his heroine, Karen McCarthy, into a believable woman.

Karen McCarthy is the only female cop on a police force determined to make misogyny its battle cry, but she learns and grows as this mystery unfolds because running from a fight is not her style. You'll see quickly that Karen makes mistakes, such as seeking comfort in the wrong places, but you'll root for this young woman, nonetheless; she is flawed but seeks justice.

While many of her fellow officers in this fictional Jersey town sully law enforcement's brass shield, not all the men on the force slip easily into a blue-gang mentality or zero in on any evidence of female imperfection. Hart avoids painting a flat landscape of black and white in this dark crime drama, and Karen McCarthy's world ripples with shades of gray and red. Lots of red. Bodies drop and drop in this thriller, but for the sake of humanity, you'll nod that some of these characters deserve to die.

At other times, you may feel yourself fearing for the lives of itchy thieves and risk takers like meth-head Charley Murphy and his loyal girlfriend Noorie. The writing will make you care. You will also laugh occasionally at the colorful words coming out of these characters' mouths. Hart's shady misfits, wannabe cop kings, and hard-working humans just trying to get by will suck you in, and their stories will stick with you a while after you've read the last page of We All Fall Down. 4.5 Stars. We All Fall Down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No good guys? July 3, 2011
Part of the intrigue of this action crime novel is the portrayal of elemental characters - the desperate low-life, the cop-club mentality and the out-to-prove herself unloved heroine. Charlie is a greasy slippery desperado caught up in a situation way beyond his small time career. Karen is an unattractive (as she sees herself)would be police officer determined to prove her worth despite the sexist wall she must climb and the corruption she discovers.

This is a novel about undersides with several intense gripping episodes pitting these elements against each other. A strong, entertaining first novel by Steven Hart.

I'll be on the lookout for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive August 18, 2011
By Jill
This novel is absolutely addictive. It's so well written and the action really keep you on the edge of your seat. During the day I would find myself longing for the free time to get back to this compelling book. It has a seedy, underworld feel to it that I find very appealing. I look forward to more novels from this wonderful writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We All Fall Down September 6, 2011
If your voyeristic about New Jersey's nitty gritty blue collar streets, and like detective stories fueled with character driven plots, We All Fall Down might be the police procedural for you. Karen McCarthy, a newbie cop in the cop shop from hell, has to prove herself when Charlie Murphy, a drug addict and small town hood stumbles across her path. For once he's innocent, at least of murder. He's the kind of stooge it's convient to set up for the murder of the police chief's wife. Karen is the kind of character you want to pull for. She's unattractive, has her demons, but she also has a lot of hidden talent and strength. While another woman would flee from a set of cops who want to see her fail, that's just what sets her on fire. You might just want to take a ride in her patrol car through a set of winding streets as dense and fraught with angst as the nearby Pine Barrens. Steven Hart leads us into Bridgeborough, a small, mean Jersey town and doesn't let up on the depth of human foilability and tenacity. The opening is brilliant and shines with a reporter's eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life July 13, 2011
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I love murder mysteries and this one held me in another place for many entertaining hours. Since I live in New Jersey, it was especially appealing to me, although the events depicted in this novel are not restricted to the "Garden State." I look forward to following the life and career of Karen McCarthy - the very human, "token female" - struggling to fit in on so many levels, while still seeking a personal life; someone in whom we can all see a part of ourselves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't grab me April 27, 2014
By B. Sisk
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I can't really say why, but this story just didn't keep my attention. Characters weren't fully developed, and the story was not intriguing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I gave up at 29%
I stopped reading at 29% and finally succumbed to the poor layout, poor grammar, insufficient editing and overall incoherence. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad
Published 8 months ago by Jerry S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The good-ole-boys club finally gets shaken down
Ever feel like the odd man out? Ever wonder why you weren't allowed into the inner circle? Maybe it was because you weren't scumbag material...
Published 9 months ago by renegade art
1.0 out of 5 stars We all fall down
This is a man's book. Did not enjoy the explicit details of beatings and bleeding that continued on and on. However I did see the story to the end.
Published 10 months ago by KevIn Jmc
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I loved reading this book, could not put down. Very good reading, so exciting, must read to the end. Very exciting read.
Published 13 months ago by Jimmie Burks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Love this book! A very interesting story that will captivate you from start to end. Would recommend getting and reading it.
Published 13 months ago by PaulW
3.0 out of 5 stars So/So
a little bit of heroic efforts combined with sexual language and a suspect scripts story line left me hurrying to the end
Published 13 months ago by Reverend Stanleigh Fremont Chapin
1.0 out of 5 stars yuck
Very disappointing. I got it from Amazon Prime lending library so that was the only saving grace....I didn't have to pay for it. Returned it after only a few chapters.
Published 14 months ago by Love to Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Every time I thought the book was ending, it took another awesome turn. Great reading. Kept me turning the pages to see what was next! Karen is a great cop. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars We All Fall Down!
We All Fall Down is a well-written book that is clever and heart stomping! I love stories about the New Jersey crime scene and corruption. What’s not to love? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brenda
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More About the Author

Journalist and freelance writer Steven Hart has been a featured guest on National Public Radio and written for The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the online magazine Salon. He is the author of two acclaimed nonfiction works: The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America's First Superhighway (The New Press), and American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine (Rutgers University Press). His first novel, a thriller called We All Fall Down, was spotlighted on the New York Post "Required Reading" list. Last year saw the publication of his second novel, a dark psychological thriller called Echo. Let the Devil Speak: Articles, Essays, and Incitements is his first essay collection. He lives in Central New Jersey.

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