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Black Angel (Jackson Steeg Mystery Series Book 4) Kindle Edition

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Length: 235 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Series: Jackson Steeg Mystery Series (Book 4)

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About the Author

Ira Berkowitz is the Shamus Award Winning Author of the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series.
He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Writing fiction was the furthest thing from his mind. 

He attended New York University, fully expecting to attend Medical School upon graduation. Instead, he wound up in law school. After enduring two years studying torts, contracts, corporate, real estate, and other legal matters - try curling up with the laws of riparian rights on a cold winter night - he decided there had to be a more interesting way to earn a living. Fortuitously advertising beckoned, and he found his niche. 

Inevitably, retirement came. After several months of doing absolutely nothing and hating it, Ira's wife asked how he planned to keep busy. He didn't have an answer. She suggested he try writing fiction. He patiently explained that he had never taken a creative writing course - and didn't plan to. And, he reminded her, marketing plans were the only pieces of fiction he had ever written. But with nothing else going on he took her advice.

Ira's first effort at fiction garnered fifty rejections. But a few were encouraging, so he kept at it. His second effort, FAMILY MATTERS, the first book in the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series, was published in 2006 and won the Washington Irving Award for literary merit. And he repeated with OLD FLAME, published in 2008. In 2010, SINNERS' BALL, the third book in the series, won the Shamus Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel Of The Year. The fourth novel in the series, BLACK ANGEL was published in 2013.

Ira is writing full time and considers himself lucky. There isn't a day he doesn't look forward to going to work.

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  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Ira Berkowitz; 1 edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP6V556
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Ira Berkowitz is the author of the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series. His crime fiction novel Sinners' Ball won the Shamus Award in 2010.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Writing fiction was the furthest thing from his mind.

He attended New York University, fully expecting to attend Medical School upon graduation. Instead, he wound up in law school. After enduring two years studying torts, contracts, corporate, real estate, and other legal matters - try curling up with the laws of riparian rights on a cold winter night - he decided there had to be a more interesting way to earn a living. And, with only one more year to go, he quit. Now he was really at odds and ends. No career. No job. And no prospects.

Enter his wife - then fiancee - the very wise, Phyllis.

How about advertising, she suggested. He patiently explained he had absolutely no artistic ability, wasn't trained in snappy headline writing, and had never taken a business or marketing course. A career as an ice-road trucker would make more sense. But the more he thought about it, the more alluring her suggestion. Client lunches with Captains of Industry. TV commercial shoots at exotic locations. Expense account. The mad, Mad Avenue whirl! And a big salary to boot! So he went for it, and managed to land a job paying a hundred dollars a week. And found that he loved the business. Thirty years later he retired and realized how lucky he was. There wasn't a day he didn't enjoy going to work.


After several months of doing absolutely nothing and hating it, Ira's wife asked how he planned to keep busy. With a blank stare for a response she suggested he try writing fiction. Once again he patiently explained that he had never taken a creative writing course - and didn't plan to. And, he reminded her, marketing plans were the only pieces of fiction he had ever written. She reminded him of the "advertising" conversation they had had thirty years earlier. It did the trick.

Ira's first effort at fiction garnered fifty rejections. But a few were encouraging, so he kept at it. His second effort, FAMILY MATTERS, the first book in the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series, was published in 2006 and won the Washington Irving Award for literary merit. And he repeated with OLD FLAME, published in 2008. SINNERS' BALL, the third book in the series, won the Shamus Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel Of The Year. The fourth novel in the series, BLACK ANGEL has just been published.I

Ira is writing full time and considers himself lucky. There isn't a day he doesn't look forward to going to work.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Franzblau on May 11, 2013
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Once again Ira Berkowitz and Jackson Steeg have collaborated on a riveting tale of a lost girl whose soul needs saving, posthumously. I Iove Berkowitz's spare prose- not an extra word-and his ability to draw you in and keep you reading. He makes "noir" one of the best genres in today's mysteries. Look forward to the next one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Abrutyn on May 9, 2013
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A very good detective mystery! Worth the read. I found it compelling and entertaining at the same time. I would like to read other books by this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DCS on May 22, 2013
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Berkowitz brilliantly manages to create a character who, despite the personal demons he battles, has a beautiful, enlightened heart. Steeg is a credible blend of the best and the worst in human nature. Beyond wonderful character development, Berkowitz presents an attention-grabbing mystery within the under-belly of New York City's street life. For anyone looking for a pleasurable read, this is your book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on May 21, 2013
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Great to be back on the streets with Steeg! No wasted words from Berkowitz, he writes in crisp, sharp detail that places you right into the mix along side Steeg. My favorite in the series so far and that is saying something because they are all terrific. Can't wait for the next one in the series. If you don't know about Steeg, it is time you got to know him.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PP on May 29, 2013
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Berkowitz and Steeg had me hooked from page 1. I would sit down in the evening intending to read for an hour before going to bed, then find myself thinking "just one more chapter, just one more", and keep reading until well past midnight. Steeg may have his flaws, but he proves, time and again, that he is a very decent human being. The language used by the characters, and the references to actual people and places adds to the authenticity of the environment in which the story takes place. Berkowitz definitely knows how to develop a story that keeps the reader guessing. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Austin on July 9, 2013
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Jackson Steeg left the NYPD with a disability pension but can't stay disabled. He hangs out with brother Dave, a minor criminal, in Hell's Kitchen, or at the local church where a former classmate is a nun who works with people at the very bottom of the social register.
When faced with injustice and incompetence Steeg tends to go off the deep end and when Joanne, his nun friend, asks him to look into the murder of one of her charges, Steeg finds plenty of both. After doing his best to send the uncaring official police investigator of the murder off to get a disability pension of his own, Steeg unofficially takes over the case, which blossoms out into more than a single murder and more than someone simply preying on the helpless. It is a well-written, fast paced, excellent crime novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 19, 2013
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Great read! I feel like I actually know Jackson Steeg and can't wait to see what he is involved in next!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frances O'Neill on June 10, 2013
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I recommend this book highly. I loved this series from the first book, Family Matters. In all of the books, just when you think you have figured out what is going to happen, the author ties almost everything together in a way that is so clever and satisfying, that you are glad to have stayed up all night reading the book. The books also always leave you guessing a little from book to book. Sinners Ball had me worrying about the lead character; Jackson Steeg's nephew Anthony and I couldn't wait to read this installment, Black Angel to find out his fate. You know it is a great book when you care so much about the characters that you cannot wait to read the next book. The author writes in such a way that you feel very connected or as if you know the characters which is amazing. This book, as well as the others, were a quick, enjoyable read. You'll love it (them). When is the next book coming out????
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