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Iron City
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Class Reunions are always rife with anger, tension, and surprise. This is a story that makes you glad you didn't go to school with these guys. Rough life and sad stories of lives unfulfilled and broken.
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on October 8, 2012
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A good mystery can keep me glued to the pages or can lose me if the wrong turn happens. This book is well written, no doubt about the writing skills, but the lead guy, Frank, is another story. We somehow manage to go along for the ride, and his misery, but we don't necessarily like him or feel the sorrow we should. Frank is an ex-cop and now the circumstances are sort of willing him into being a private detective - one we'd most likely never hire because the guy is miserable and lost. He comes back home for a reunion, gets caught up in a web of grizzly murders and seems to drift about with a picture of his eight year old daughter who was murdered. You want to feel for him, but you never quite get there. He gets into the scene okay, but he floats there. We want him to do more and we, the readers, want to know more, and that is what leaves a vacancy in the story. Iron City is not a place you hope to go to or visit. In fact, as described, you would will your car through the city and pray you have enough gas to get as far away as possible. The author defines the territory and its one we'd all run from. I gave the book 4 stars because as a reader I wanted more from the lead character. The rest of the people living in this miserable town are well written and complete. Frank is still out there somewhere.
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on April 22, 2012
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I love crime/mystery novels, and this is one of my new favorites. The writing is very stylish and clear, the plot is very clever, and the twist is awesome. Usually by the middle of a mystery I can kind of predict the end, not because the mystery is bad but because I'm good at spotting clues (I like to think!), but with this novel I was genuinely surprised by the ending, and that's pretty rare. If you like old-fashioned detective novels of the Dashiell Hammett variety, and especially if you like unpredictable endings, give this book a shot. If you're anything like me you'll be glad you did!
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on February 15, 2014
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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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