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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383527
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Incumbent Brooklyn district attorney Hynes, best known for his service as the special prosecutor in the 1987 Howard Beach murder case, doesn't succeed in translating his considerable law enforcement experience into a compelling fiction debut. The force of the main plotline-the trial of idealistic young NYPD Sgt. Steven Holt for the murder of a corrupt fellow officer and two other men-is dissipated by interspersed flashbacks to the experiences of Holt's uncle, Robert Mulvey, whose career in the NYPD hit a few bumps after he was tapped to serve as a tool for his superiors to expose rampant corruption inside the force. Few readers will wonder whether Holt is really guilty, and the 11th-hour trial tactic employed to exonerate him will strike many as improbable. Hynes has a great store of knowledge regarding the history of police graft and efforts at reform, but this novel proves an unwieldy way to convey it.
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From Booklist

When a New York City cop is accused of murdering three people, including another cop, the charge sets off a lengthy investigation that peels off the protective layers surrounding a network of corruption extending back for decades. The accused cop might be innocent, but proving it could take down the entire police force. In many ways, a fictionalized version of such true-crime tales as Prince of the City and Serpico, this first novel by Brooklyn district attorney Hynes makes excellent use of a documentary-like style that perfectly suits the material. The book is not a traditional mystery (although there is a strong whodunit element) so much as an exploration of the nature of corruption and its far-reaching, and frequently devastating, consequences. Recommend this one to mystery fans, of course, but also to readers of true crime: the characters here may be made up, but, as the author acknowledges, many of the key plot elements are based on real events. A strong debut. David Pitt
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Epstein on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I saw the book, looked at the dust jacket and subject and immediately bought it. I am a law enforcement professional and looked forward to a good read. I was extremely disappointed. The book was poorly written. The research was sloppy. The plot jumped from decade to decade. The characters were not well developed. The courtroom scenes were incredible. The few pieces of "insider trial tactics" can be found in any John Grisham novel. The author, whose record of public service is remarkable, could have written the definitive history of NYPD cycles of corruption in either a fiction or non-fiction format. Unfortunately he did not. I recommend Peter Maas (Serpico), Barbara Gelb(Varnished Brass), James Lardner (Crusader),Mike McAlary (Good Cop,Bad Cop-Buddy Boys), any of Robert Daley's novels (or his classic non-fiction Target Blue and Prince of the City) and/o Robert Jackall(Street Stories and Wild Cowboys), all of which are available, for a coherent view of the NYPD from the 1960's to date. The lessons learned in NYC are universally applicable to law enforcement today. I hope the author tries again. He could tell an engrossing, valuable story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Rooms on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Charles Hynes now joins the ranks of such masters of "True Fiction" as Joseph Wambaugh and Scott Turow. The author's detailed description of legal procedures, obvious knowledge of the mystique entailing the NYPD's impenetrable "blue wall", and his gift of distinctive copspeak prose, assures we readers that the writer is familiar with the fully developed characters he introduces us to, and the harrowing envirorment he guides us through. I can't wait to see what happens next in the sequel that begs to be written. Perhaps I'll find out when the movie comes out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sol Wachtler on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a gimicky mystery with predicable outcomes and implausable plot lines, this book is not for you. Triple Homicide, a novel written by Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn District Attorney,does more than tell the engrossing story of an idealistic NYPD Sergeant who is accused of committing a triple homicide. The book gives us an in depth look at a world which is uniquely a part of New York's criminal justice system -- a world understood so well by the author who is and has been a prominent and distinguished part of that system. Whether plumming the depths of police corruption, or the dedication and tradition of New York's Finest, District Attorney Hynes has opened up to the reader an unparelleled view and understanding of the myriad aspects of law enforcement. The novel is also a suspenseful mystery which, if you keep it at your beside, is guaranteed to keep you awake.
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By easyjerry on March 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
a crime story by a man who realllly knows. he exlains and inflrms as he unfolds this excltlng tale. i hope that he is the process of writing another thriller.
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