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From best-selling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of a criminal torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Finding himself on the horns of a dilemma, the antihero finds some vestiges of his conscience might be remaining. Learn more about James Hankins
A Vietnam veteran in the United States Navy, Joseph J. Bruno started out in thenewspaper business in the mid 1970's as a sports columnist for the New York Tribune. Bruno's sports articles have also appeared in Penthouse Magazine, Razor Magazine, Boxing Today, Boxing World, International Boxing, Referee Magazine, & Inside Boxing. In 2000, Bruno's first novel Angel of Death was published by iUniverse.com. Bruno's second novel "Find Big Fat Fanny Fast" was published in 2010.
Bruno's true book crime book "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 1 - New York City" was published in June 2011. Other books in this series include, "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 2 - New York City" (December 2011), "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 3 - New York City" (March 2012), "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps - Volume 4" (December 2012), and "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 5" (April 2013).
Other true crime books by Joe Bruno include, "Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple - From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated" March 2012), "The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal & Why" (May 2012), "Mob Wives - Fuhgeddaboudit!" (August 2012), and "The Biggest Rat: Whitey Bulger's Decades of Deception." (September 2013)
Boxed sets written by Joe Bruno include, "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Three Volume Set" (March 2013), "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Five Volume Set" (April 2013), "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set" (September 2012), and "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Eight Volume Set" (April 2013).
"Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps Volumes 1-4" are consistently ranked in the top 100 on Amazon in the genre "Organized Crime," as is "Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set," and "Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple."
Visit Joe Bruno's website at: josephbrunowriter.com. Joe Bruno's Blog is at joebrunoonthemob.wordpress.com.
This first novel by Joseph Bruno is set in New York City in the 1980s when the crime rate was at an all-time high and the crack epidemic was running rampant. Against this background, Detective Bill Kelly is looking for a serial killer who is specifically targeting drug dealers. This is a fast and easy read with a variety of stock characters that readers will find familiar. In addition to hard-drinking cops, priests, corrupt officials and drug addicts, there are the really bad guys whose acts of violence made me wince. I found myself caught up in the story as it moved along, reading quickly to see what would happen next. The reader knows who the killer is early on but it is interesting to see how he will be caught as the tension mounts. I do wish that the book had been edited better; I found the typos distracting. And it even made a difference in my understanding of the plot. Police procedural fans might enjoy this book. And Mr. Bruno is certainly an author to watch as he develops his craft.
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I know Mr. Bruno's writings from his boxing columns .... His boxing columns are always caustic and quite funny. In Angel of Death, Mr. Bruno writes about a serial killer loose in New York City. This killer is unique in the fact that the victims are all drug dealers. Bill Kelly, the detective in charge of finding the killer, has a daughter whoÕs a drug addict and the implication here is that Detective Kelly may not try too hard to find the killer after all. That is, if Kelly isnÕt the killer serial himself. The brilliant cast of characters range from KellyÕs mentor, Catholic priest Father OÕBrien, a crusty old coot for sure, to NY City Police Commissioner Abraham Williams, a man obsessed with becoming the next mayor. The bad guy drug dealers may be the most interesting characters in the book. They including Willie Boy Walker, a stone killer from the island of Jamaica, to Lily Tang, a bisexual Asian beauty with a heart of stone. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers, and the laughs Mr. Bruno injects throughout the book in no way takes away from the horror and the suspense.
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Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, says, "Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word 'alleged.'
"That's why Joe Bruno's insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he's talking about because he's lived through it.
"Joe Bruno's mob books are 'A composite of characters and events, which weaves the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of New York City, as well as in other parts of the country.'"
Joe Bruno's five-part series "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps," finished runner-up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category "Nonfiction."