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From Publishers Weekly

A cranky fat woman and her hunky partner in the New Jersey Bureau of Parole's "Jump Squad" (those who track down cons who "jump" parole) are an unlikely pair nonetheless ripe for comic plotting as Bruno proved in their first well-received outing, Devil's Food (1997). Fans of Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli may be disappointed in the follow-up, though nifty plot twists and Bruno's clutch of kinky bit players still make it worth the read. The duo is off to coffee-rich Seattle to reel in Frankie's brother-in-law, Sammy, a parole violator who's working as a hit man, and the formidable Loretta grows nearly homicidal while she tries to kick caffeine. What almost saves this Dilbert-esque conceit is the crime-novel set-up. Sammy's target is a federal witness against loathsome mobster Taffy Demaggio; slender, blonde, diet pill-popping FBI agent Veronica Springer wants the hit to happen so Taffy will flip on bigger fish. Frank calls in a debt from another FBI agent to find a secret witness-stashing compound in Puget Sound, and the pair spring the hit man, avoid the feebs and get tangled with Sammy and Taffy in ways the reader won't see coming. The resolution works, and budding romance points to new ground for the series ahead. The coffee gimmick grows quickly tiresome, and some of the humor falls flat, but there's enough good writing to justify hope for an improved third caper. (Aug.) FYI: Devil's Food will be released by Forge as a mass market paperback in July.
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Loretta Kovacs, demoted to parole officer from assistant prison warden after a riot, is paired with fellow officer Frank Marvelli on a road trip from New Jersey to Seattle, where they must find hit man Sammy Teitlebaum before he can off Mob snitch Gus Rispoli, ensconced in the witness protection program. While carrying out his contract on Rispoli, Sammy hopes to rekindle romance with his ex-wife, Jennifer, who happens to be Marvelli's sister. Frank and Loretta are the classic mismatched cop buddies. He's all machismo and instinct; she's all civil servant and caution. Bruno folds in the Mob, two freelance psychotics with recurring roles in Loretta's nightmares, a bent female Fed whose ambition has twisted her perspective, and Rispoli, a killer who wants to go one-on-one with his hired assassin, for a cast of kooky, dangerous characters worthy of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen. Building on the promise of the first Kovacs-Marvelli caper, Devil's Food , this is a funny, often harrowing crime novel. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (June 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031286650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312866501
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,756,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anthony Bruno is the author of the non-fiction books, THE ICEMAN: THE TRUE STORY OF A COLD-BLOODED KILLER and co-author of THE SEEKERS: A BOUNTY HUNTER'S STORY with Joshua Armstrong, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. IMMORTAL MONSTER is a Crimescape Kindle Single about his experiences with hitman Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski. THE ROPPONGI STALKER chronicles the hunt for a homicidal sexual deviant in modern Tokyo.

Bruno is also the author of the crime novels SEVEN (based on the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman movie), BAD GUYS, BAD BLOOD, BAD LUCK, BAD BUSINESS, BAD MOON, BAD APPLE, DEVIL'S FOOD (which was nominated for an Anthony Award), DOUBLE ESPRESSO, and HOT FUDGE.

His serial-killer thriller, BLEEDERS, and Catholic-school coming-of-age novel, THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. FRANK, are Kindle originals.

Customer Reviews

A warm, humane author with genuinely likeable characters.
Mike Varela
When I started reading your book I wasn't sure if I was totally into it,but than it got interesting.
Patricia Collins
It's hard to tell who is a good guy or a bad guy and in the end some bad guys turn into good guys.
UBizz

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Varela on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Tony Bruno's latest is simply an exciting and funny read to experience! His characters are satisfyingly real and funny. His descriptive metaphors are almost as bodacious as Joe R. Lansdale's, they are that funny.
I enjoyed this book tremendously, even if I did borrow it from the library. I'm going to read all the rest of his stuff, as much as I can get my hands on. A warm, humane author with genuinely likeable characters. His descriptions of coffee in this book were so alluring and vivid, that I almost was tempted to try a cup (I do not like the taste of coffee at all, makes me instantly nauseous). Now that's powerful writing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danyel M. Cicarelli on April 15, 2014
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Loretta is an appealing blend of sassy and scared. She hasn't hit rock bottom but close; she's entitled to a little sympathy and a lot of respect. Good guys, bad guys, fear, excitement, and perhaps love, make for an enjoyable read--the best part is it's a series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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New Jersey Bureau of Parole's "Jump Squad" assigns Loretta Kovass and Frank Marvelli to go to Seattle in order to bring back Sammy Teitlebaum, a parole violator. Sammy has been hired to kill mob informer Gus Risposi, who is supposedly hidden by the Witness Protection Program.
The FBI wants the hit to go down so they refuse to help the easterners. Instead, it is up to Loretta, even as she quits consuming caffeine and Frank to stop Sammy before he gets himself so tangled with the mob, the FBI, and the hit that he will not see daylight for quite a long time.
DOUBLE ESPRESSO is a humorous tale that will please of Kovass-Marvelli (see DEVIL'S FOOD). The story line is crisp and interesting though the caffeine withdrawal pains will pain many a reader. Anthony Bruno allows the reader to see more into the weird but intriguing lead protagonists, thereby adding a personal element to the novel. This is a fun series that is forging its own place in the legal pro! cedural sub-genre.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sam on October 5, 2014
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Entertaining story with "New Jersey" attitude. Story contains typical mob action but with an interesting character or two. Will try another.
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By Mary Ann Aquilino on October 26, 2014
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i actually rate this book a 4.5. I like Bruno's writing style; good story lines, witty dialogue, the story never drags and there's no extraneous parts; it's a tight, wrapped up story in each book, with no cliffhangers (thank you!). I like the characters, even the peripheral ones...but there are times when I don't like Loretta as much as at other times. In the first book and in this one, there are times when what she's thinking about Marvelli make her come across as self centered and selfish...in book one, when she knows Marvelli's married, she's trying to think of ways to get together with him...she does this again even when she sees how much he loves his wife, who's dying. In book two, only months after Marvelli's wife's death, Loretta is still bemoaning the fact the Marvelli isn't over it yet. Those times are when I really didn't like Loretta very much. The other thing is Loretta's hang up with what happened with an inmate putting her in a dryer back when she was an assistant warden. In both books, Loretta thinks about this several times and and how weak and fearful it still makes her feel. Considering what Loretta has accomplished in both books and how well she's succeeded at it, she needs to get over this, as this behavior (along with her at times low self esteem and then her selfishness), is contradictory to how she acts at other times, and for me, it takes away from her character. Perhaps the author is planning a confrontation between Loretta and this inmate in a future book; if so, I hope it's in the next one as its the only jarring aspect of the story for me. I do enjoy Bruno's writing and look forward to reading more of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna P. Tysor on April 12, 2014
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This is book 2 in a series of 3 by Loretta Kovacs; all 3 books were well written, intriguing and fun to read. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys mysteries with a dose of humor.
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Not the worst book I've read by a long shot. It wasn't laiden with grammatical or punctuation errors. The writing wasn't immature or amateurish either BUT there are way too many holes in the plot. Don't even get me started on the ending I have read many cozy style mysteries and am used to a bit of reality stretching but this book goes way beyond.

warning spoilers included:

Lets start with Loretta's self loathing of her body and because of a prior incident which conflicts with her actions and abilities. She thinks she is too fat for anyone to love her but decides she can do better than a computer geek that helps them.

Next would a marshal really be assigned the case of tracking down his own probation skipping brother-in-law. Then they are given way too much "wiggle room" to solve the case.

The computer geek and the books ending: Got a problem, just delete the file and the problem magically goes away. Never mind that there are paper records of Sammy's confession and prison record, there are also plenty of people who know about his record. Add the fact that the geek who has now hacked very secure records multiple time gets to walk away without anyone giving him a second thought.
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By UBizz on November 5, 2014
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I got this book for free after seeing it on one of my free book lists. I was familiar with the series and the author as I had previously read "Devils Food: Loretta Kovacs Book 1". This book was good and I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Book 1. I liked the action in this one and all the double crossing that occured. The book seemed a lot less focusesd on Loretta's size and she was more confident in her role on the "the Jump Squad".

Loretta and her partner Frank Marvelli are assigned to find Frank's BIL (SAmmy Teitelbaum -who has jumped parole) before he completes a contract killing of a mob informant (Gus Rispoli) who is in the witness protection program. It's hard to tell who is a good guy or a bad guy and in the end some bad guys turn into good guys. The story was easy to read, and I finished in a day or less and saw few if any errors.
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