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Sacrifice Fly (Raymond Donne Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Tim O'Mara
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Raymond Donne wasn’t always a schoolteacher. Not only did he patrol the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as one of New York’s Finest, but being the nephew of the chief of detectives, he was expected to go on to bigger things. At least he was until the accident that destroyed his knees. Unable to do the job the way he wanted, he became a teacher in the same neighborhood, and did everything he could to put the force behind him and come to terms with the change.

Then Frankie Rivas, a student in Ray’s class and a baseball phenom, stops showing up to school. With Frankie in danger of failing and missing out on a scholarship, Ray goes looking for him, only to find Frankie’s father bludgeoned to death in their apartment. Frankie and his younger sister are gone, possibly on the run. But did Frankie really kill his father? Ray can’t believe it. But then who did, and where are Frankie and his sister? Ray doesn’t know, but if he’s going to have any chance of bringing them home safely, he’s going to have to return to the life, the people, and the demons he walked out on all those years ago.

Intense, authentic, and completely gripping, Tim O’Mara’s Sacrifice Fly is an outstanding debut from a stellar new voice in crime fiction.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Sacrifice Fly

“The well-drawn characters are what really bring this compelling debut to life, along with the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, setting. Donne is a damaged protagonist, and it is not just the physical injuries he sustained as a cop that hinder him, but also the more significant psychological injuries he harbors. Donne is the type of character who keeps readers coming back for more, much in the manner of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch or James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux. Here’s hoping we see much more of him in the future.”

“Readers will enjoy meeting a complex, conflicted, and capable hero able to navigate the varied strata of Brooklyn despite the occasional bruising to body and soul.”
---Publishers Weekly

“Resounding debut.”
---Library Journal

“[Raymond Donne is] appealingly fallible and sensitive in this promising series kickoff.”
---Kirkus Reviews

“Tim O'Mara's Sacrifice Fly is superb---one of those rare first novels that delivers on every level. Raymond Donne is an unforgettable character, and O’Mara will make you feel the steam coming off the Brooklyn streets where Donne works, lives, and tries to stay alive long enough to do the right thing. I can’t wait to read O'Mara’s next book---this newcomer is one to watch.”
---Jan Burke, bestselling author of Disturbance

“Tim O'Mara’s Sacrifice Fly is the best first crime novel I’ve read in years. Knowing about the ways of city life and compassionate about its flawed characters, the writing has a swing as natural and strong as Roberto Clemente’s. It's a real gem.”
---Peter Blauner, author of Slow Motion Riot and Slipping into Darkness

About the Author

TIM O’MARA is a teacher in the New York City public school system. Raised on Long Island, he lives in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250008980
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085UCXHA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Great Read for Me December 3, 2012
By Ken C.
Well, I am about to get a slew of unhelpful votes, since this novel has so many five star reviews and I am going against the grain. I posted a comment first, hoping that someone would tell me where I am going wrong. In short, I could only read 75 pages of Sacrifice Fly. I was totally bored. I'd put it down and not have any real interest in picking it up again. But all those five star reviews. Surely they couldn't all be from the author's friends and family. But nothing happens! Sure, he found a dead body. Okay, not much new there. We are told that a student is missing, but the hunt for him is proceeding at much less than an emergency pace. We even stop for dinner with the main character's sister. She orders sake, he wants a beer. She stopped dating her boyfriend. She put soy sauce on her wasabi. He needs a fork. He says "ice cream makes everything better." So, I stopped and had a bowl of ice cream. It didn't make the book any better. Where is all of this page-turning interest here? I like books, I like to read. I went to the NY Times and the Post and tried to find the reviews cited above. I got zero search results on both. So I guess this book is just not for me. I tried to explain why, and I have nothing against the five-star reviewers or the author. I just don't see the attraction here. Forget the "unhelpful" votes and just tell me what I missed. I wanted to like Sacrifice Fly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Hero For Our Time October 21, 2012
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This is without question my favorite read in recent years. I couldn't put it down, and no matter how much I knew I should stop reading and go to bed, I stayed up all night turning pages in suspense. Omara has managed to combine a REALLY well-crafted story with an actual page-turner. PLUS, he has captured a new hero for the ages: Ray. A lovable, unlikely super-sleuth school teacher with bad knees and a passion for baseball. The kind of guy you want to have a beer with, and the kind of guy you'd want teaching your kids. Great book. I only wish I read it SLOWER!! Now can just hope this gripping, often hysterical book has a sequel - and soon!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope there's a sequel! October 22, 2012
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O'Mara's writing is totally engaging. It's full of clever, back-and-forth banter between the characters, witty comments and thoughts by main character Raymond Donne, and a plot that hooks the reader through emotion and curiosity. From the very first page, the reader can see that Mr. Donne, a most incredible hero in this story, is an open book himself -- he's a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy. Donne has a great sense of humor and an outward sense of bravado and confidence, but he's a softy who's dedicated to his job of being a teacher. He's easy to like and quickly becomes someone the reader is invested in. Sacrifice Fly is a deftly interwoven story that keeps surprising the reader right up until the last chapter. This is a great book club choice -- lots of opportunity for discussion. Hopefully Raymond has more stories to tell!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read half of it February 20, 2013
By M.D.C
This story captured my interest, for a while. By mid-point I was struggling. Lots of mundane detail that could have been eliminated. I don't need to know that a person turned the key and the engine started. Just put him on the road. I finally quit reading; I simply didn't care what had happened to Frankie. I also found the crude language tiresome and annoying. Oh, and I never understood why Raymond always carried an umbrella. Maybe I missed that by not finishing the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Sacrifice Fly was one of the finer books I read this year. It was a pleasant surprise from a first time author, with interesting plot lines, subplots, and characters I could be interested in. As a long time Brooklyn teacher I could relate to Raymond Donne's situations and caring for his students. Donne is not the typical mystery book accidental detective. His compassion for people and passion for his career as a teacher make him more likable than the typical mystery book butt kicker. He wants nothing more than to leave the police work to the cops he used to work with and have everything right with his students. He is a teacher who goes the extra mile for his kids, a former cop who is persistent and uncorruptable, and a human being I rooted for page after page. I highly recommend this entertaining novel and look forward to the next volume by author Tim O'Mara.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sac fly a v good read November 7, 2012
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Definitely should be made into a movie- the plots and characters kept developing throughout the story
Keeps your interest and guesing how the storyline will develop and come to closure
Try it you'll not be disappointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book with great characters! November 4, 2012
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This book is a definite page-turner! The plot is interesting with many unexpected twists, but the depth and complexity of the characters is also very engaging. What came to my mind while reading were some similarities to one of my favorite mystery series, the Dave Robicheaux books by James Lee Burke. The main character Raymond, like Dave Robicheaux, is a troubled man, imperfect cop, and reluctant hero. O'Mara was also able to capture the authenticity of New York and the people who live there, just like Burke has done for coastal Louisiana. I felt like the characters were real people, and I was experiencing the true New York through their eyes and their language.

I loved this book, and am already looking forward to reading the next one. Highly recommended!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book after a somewhat slow start
Enjoyed the book after a somewhat slow start. School relationships were very realistic. There were a number of twists which held my attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cleesimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Nailing the Parlance
I'm dyslexic, I read slowly with a finger or pen traveling over the page. I started "Sacrifice Fly," yesterday, I finished it an hour ago on the walk facing the East River. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Pryor
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrifice Fly
The book is used in our Study Group--Mysteries in the Afternoon. I could not put this book down, and finished it post haste.
Published 8 months ago by Janice Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Redemption
The very slow pace of Tim O'Mara's debut novel, Sacrifice Fly, tested my patience. O'Mara introduces protagonist Raymond Donne in this novel which is intended as the first in a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen T. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, engaging, entertaining
Sacrifice Fly is an engaging, thrilling novel. The characters are interesting and the story pulls you in almost immediately. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Manhattan Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I love teachers and cops and New Yorkers and suspense. Its all here. A great story set in New York.
Published 13 months ago by mary hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Home Run
A real page turner with something for everyone. Can not wait to see the future books we have in store from this very promising new author.
Published 13 months ago by Reading Tante
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Excellent mystery! Interesting characters, plot developement and location settings.
There is nothing formula about this book. It gets more exciting as you read.
Published 14 months ago by brett prentiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut in a series
Full Disclosure -- I have met Tim a few times and we email more often. We are both Yankee fans.
I was once told in a writing class that baseball (and poker) metaphors are... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Sears
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting narrator
Having a novel combine former police officer and current teacher as a narrator certainly broadened the reader's perspective. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sbbsaver
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More About the Author

Tim O'Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools 
since 1987. He has written several short stories, and his second Raymond Donne mystery, "Crooked Numbers" (Minotaur), will hit the bookstores October 15, 2013.

O'Mara's top-selling debut mystery, "Sacrifice Fly" (Minotaur 2012), has been nominated for the 2013 "Best First Novel" Barry Award. The novel introduced the series hero Raymond Donne, a Brooklyn public schoolteacher who was once an up-and-coming police officer until a tragic accident destroyed his knees and the future he envisioned on the force.

O'Mara was inspired to write Sacrifice Fly and create the character of Raymond Donne after making home visits while a schoolteacher in the poorer section of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. Further moved by his many interactions with the Youth Officers of the NYPD while he served as a middle school dean and his brother's stories as a police sergeant, O'Mara believed that a character with experience in both worlds would make a great protagonist.

For the past 13 years, he has hosted and produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York's East Village. He lives with his family in Manhattan, where he currently teaches middle school math, and is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Irish American Writers and Authors, Inc., and several teacher unions.

O'Mara is currently writing his third Raymond Donne mystery, "Dead Red."

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