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Iron City Paperback – November 2, 2011

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"David Scott Milton is that rare contemporary American writer whose body of work represents an honest and authentic study of the mysteries of the human heart. In Iron City he creates a fast-moving and original plot, and a lead character whose pain and passion haunt the reader long after the story's end." Gina Nahai, author of Caspian Rain

About the Author

David Scott Milton started as an early member of Theater Genesis alongside Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi, and Murray Mednick. His first plays, "The Interrogation Room" and "Halloween Mask," were produced there. Later plays, "Duet" and Bread," were done at the American Place Theatre. Duet, starring Ben Gazzara, went on to Broadway. Milton's play Skin won the Neil Simon Playwriting Award. His screenplay, Born to Win, became Ivan Passer's first American film and starred George Segal and Karen Black. He has published six novels. Paradise Road was cited by the Mark Twain Journal "for significant contribution to American literature." From 1977 until recently, he taught playwriting and screenwriting at USC. For thirteen years, he taught creative writing to men at the maximum security prison in Tehachapi, California. He wrote an article about the prison for the Los Angeles Times, and he created a one-man show, Murderers Are My Life, which was nominated as best one-man show by the Valley Theater League of Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: White Whisker Books (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983632928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983632924
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,835,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devastated by the loss of his daughter, Frank Kalinyak is summoned to his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to attend his high school reunion. Every step he takes reminds him of his loss. Yet he can't let himself forget about the one thing that truly made him happy: his daughter.

While many are not that concerned with the death of a man he'd once called a friend, there are a select few who feel that there's more to the case than meets the eye. Bobby Mack, the assistant D.A., wants to acquire Frank's services in digging a little deeper into Jack Dahlgren's death. He's convinced that Frank can find what it is that they're not seeing.

Unable to deny his friend's request, Frank stumbles into a world that leaves him wondering what he's gotten into. As another killing rattles the community, he does his best to unravel the clues that have been subtly left behind and begins to wonder whether it's possible for the killer to come after him, as well. Come what may, he intends to set things straight. To shine the light at the end of the tunnel in hopes of redeeming himself and setting all wrongs to right.

David has written such a complex and intriguing story that leaves the reader on the edge of his/her seat as they delve deeper into the book in hopes of finding out what happens next. The myriad of characters that we come across as the story progresses adds and enhances the story as we learn about the circumstances that have led Frank to where he is now. I enjoyed the book very much and actually found myself doing some research on Saint Philomena. Truly recommend reading it.
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Iron City is a great read. While working on solving a series of crimes, the characters come to life in the author's capable hands. The plot twists and turns, leading the reader down one path after another each one more interesting than the last. This book could easily turn into a series, if the author so desires. With all the complexities of the main character, I'd love to see what will happen to Frank Kalinyak now that he's back in "Iron City."
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I was unable to get through this book. The protagonist is an ex-cop who is ready to commit suicide. After reading part way through the book I was considering it myself. The plot itself, what I read of it, was pretty boring with characters who seemed to have little or nothing going for them.
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I muddled through 25% of this book and finally gave up. It was the most boring book I've ever picked up. There was no mystery, just a bunch of 40+ people reminiscing about high school days. It was one of the few books I've deleted from my Kindle.
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I'm a sucker for stories that take place in Pittsburgh. Mr. Milton used the streets and bridges as a backdrop for a series of murders that Frank Kalinyak, a native son with a whole world of pain of his own, becomes involved in.
The story is a page turner for sure. I finished it in two evenings. I couldn't guess who the murderer was.
I recommend this book to my Pittsburgh friends and anyone who enjoys a suspenseful well written murder story.
The only flaw (as far as I'm concerned) was that not everyone in Pittsburgh drinks Imp and Iron.
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I'm not a big mystery fan but my girlfriend recommended this book to me. I was kind of surprised by how much I liked it! The atmosphere was really convincing, like the city came alive while reading. So give it a shot, even if it's normally not your thing. I'm planning on reading more in this genre now.
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This could have been done much better. The author failed on the local dialect. Having grown up in Pittsburgh we say much more than "yuns" and "hunky". Should have researched more! The story itself was ridiculous as the main character forgot such a traumatic event in his youth that the entire story was based on. Nice try but missed the mark!
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I found this to be a pretty good police mystery that also provided a glimpse into the diversity of Pittsburgh. It takes you through the neighborhoods and lets you see the wide range of eastern European settlers who come to the city and created these neighborhoods.

The police mystery was pretty good and the author did a pretty good job building the puzzle piece by piece until the solution was revealed at the end. It wasn't what you expected but you will suspect who is the murderer earlier in the book but find nothing to tie this person to the crimes.

I did find the story lagged at times when the cast of characters reminisced about their high school days. I stuck with it because I grew up in western PA (not in Pittsburgh) but knew of the area.
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