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Product Details

  • Series: Andrews, Russell
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; First Edition edition (March 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892960213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892960217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of the pseudonymous Andrews's intelligent page-turner, his third Justin Westwood thriller (after Midas), Westwood, the police chief of the quiet Long Island community of East End Harbor, has just begun a torrid affair with Abigail Harmon, the stunning wife of a wealthy investor, when a late-night phone call informs him that her husband has been found brutally murdered. Placed in the uncomfortable position of being the widow's alibi as well as the prime suspect in the eyes of an ambitious local prosecutor angling for an eventual gubernatorial race, Westwood has a personal stake in tracking down the killer. The twisty plot provides the appealing Westwood with plenty of challenges, though his heroics sometimes border on the implausible (especially when he's battling a lethal team of Asian assassins). Under his actual name, Peter Gethers, Andrews is the author of several bestselling nonfiction books, including The Cat Who Went to Paris. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

With its third installment, after Aphrodite (2003) and Midas (2005), the Justin Westwood series seems to be settling in for a long run. Westwood, the troubled small-town police chief, is faced with a case that is a touch too personal for his liking: a Wall Street bigwig has been murdered, and Westwood happens to have been between the sheets with the victim's wife at the time. Now he is looking at conspiracy charges, at the very least, and the only way to clear his name is to solve the murder, break up a multinational conspiracy, and face down memories of his own deeply disturbed past. Andrews explores a few more levels of the enigmatic Westwood, who ditched the big city--where he was a homicide detective--after a tragedy that the author hints at but never fully reveals. The author's plots may be a bit too conspiracy minded for some readers, but those who like their crime novels dark, mysterious, and labyrinthine will have a great time. David Pitt
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Pros: Easy to read, well written.
John B. Goode
Justin is suspended from his job and a finger of suspicion points at him as well.
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I've read all of Russell Andrew's books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Justin Westwood is the police chief of East End Harbor, a small town in the Hamptons of Long Island that has little crime and fewer criminals.

That changes one evening with the brutal murder of Evan Harmon, a incredibly wealthy resident whose millions fail to insulate him from an unseen enemy that abuses Harmon's body so viciously his wife can only identify him by his wedding ring.

Larry Silverbush, the self-serving DA, focuses on Abby Harmon, the semi-estranged wife of the deceased, as his prime suspect. When her alibi turns out to be Westwood who she an affair, Silverbush drags Westwood into his net where Westwood will be forced to face the beasts of his past that have haunted his subconscious since the death of his wife.

To make matters worse, Westwood's brother-in-law vanishes and is soon found murdered. This event draws him back to his roots in Providence, Rhode Island and into a world he has been trying to leave behind ever since his days on the police force there.

Westwood tries to connect with his parents and his wife's grieving sister, with the promise to use his skills to discover whom the murderer is and see justice served. However, before he can get on the case, another past demon surfaces in the form of FBI agent Wanda Chinkle, who warns him off pursuing the case in Rhode Island. True to his rogue personality, Westwood carries on and shortly is called by his old friend and ex-boss, Providence's Chief of Police, to a vacant lot in Providence where Chinkle lies brutally murdered. At the scene Westwood is given his first real clue, written in blood by Chinkle before she died: "Hades.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Berner VINE VOICE on March 13, 2007
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Russell Andrews' thrillers have developed into reliable reads for those looking for smart and, at times, sassy entertainment. This is no small achievement in a market where it's become fashionable to see how far-out one can make a conspiracy. Though not quite as good as "Midas" (and with a "surprise twist" that can be seen several hundred pages before it's revealed), this third Justin Westwood thriller is a worthy addition to the canon and does the most important thing a series book can; make one look forward to the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pros:
Easy to read, well written. Andrews appears to be a intelligent writer, you can tell he's an intelligent author by the way he describes peoples, actions or events in the book. What I'm saying is that most authors populate their books with pretty simple characters, you have your basic good and bad guys, your comedians, your tough guy with a good heart etc. Andrews' book has more complex characters, and you have to be aware of such characters before you can write about them.

Cons: Plot talks too much about older books in the series. Since I never read the other books, this was very annoying to me. Each book should stand on it's own! And if the book refers to other events, it should describe them so the reader doesn't have to read the other books!

And a few parts didn't make a lot of sense, for example

(Spoiler here -------------------------------------- How Justin defeats Togo by forcing his face into the burner just isn't realistic. Anyone who is as good in martial arts as Togo would know 100 ways to get out of a hold like that. Platinum deal didn't make a lot of sense to me. - Spoiler ends)

One plot device I really hate is the assistant Superman, in this case Bruno. Assistant Superman is the supporting character/friend who is basically a level gazillion fighter and the easy way to write out of any problem. You got a tough enemy? No problem, send your unkillable assistant Superman in and he takes care of the enemy and the writing.

All in all, I'll give Russell Andrews another chance. Good writing, easy to read, but could have a better plot.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
East End Harbor, Long Island Police Chief Justin Westwood is sharing a bed with married Abigail Harmon when he receives the call that his tryst mate's wealthy stock market investor was brutally murdered. Justin is stunned as he is the widow's alibi and when he thinks about how they first got together she was the pursuer.

Local District Attorney Larry Silverbush sees a great opportunity to use this case as a major stepping stone to Albany as he covets becoming the state governor. He does not believe that the suspended police chief killed the victim, but does not care as he uses the affair to further his ambition even while tearing apart Justin's reputation. Complicating matters for the besieged cop is back in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island another murder involving his family has occurred. Needing to be in two places at the same time to clear his name, Justin begins his own unofficial inquiry only to find powerful international enemies wanting secrets to remain hidden.

The third Westwood police procedural (see MIDAS and APHRODITE) is a terrific investigative thriller that ultimately goes over the top though is fun while doing so. The story line is at its best when the focus is on Long Island and Albany as a besieged Justin struggles with being the center of a homicide investigation made worse by ruthless political hacks uncaringly taking advantage of a tragedy. When the tale morphs to New England and beyond the story line remains fascinating but does slow down a bit by the complex magnitude of what the hero confronts beyond his personnel troubles. Still Westwood is in top form as he tries to solve two murders with hopes of getting back his job.

Harriet Klausner
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