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The Blue Executions Kindle Edition
An incident in a Queens housing project hurls highly decorated detective Tommy Galvin not only onto the front pages of the newspapers but also into the crosshairs of the sociopath. The hunter becomes the hunted! Galvin’s actions on a warm spring evening ignite a powder keg of racial tension and civil unrest, capturing national attention which must be dealt with and brought under control by the NYPD.
When the two men finally come face to face, Galvin’s life has changed forever, in a way he could have never imagined.
The Blue Executions will take you from the eyes of the killer to the investigation charged with taking him down; from the inner workings of a major New York City newspaper that the killer has entrusted, to the behind the scenes politics of the NYPD at the highest levels. All of the while, Galvin’s life is on the line.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00HSN91HU
- Publication date : January 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 500 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1494932695
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #144,128 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
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The main characters in the story are Tommy Gavin, a much-decorated police officer, and Laurie, an assistant district attorney. The interaction between them as they become romantically involved is one of the factors that keep the story moving along. The reader is constantly aware of the villain, and the danger he poses to everyone in the story, and especially to Gavin and Laurie.
I especially like the way Mr. Norris weaves the geographical features of the city into the plot without slowing the action down with too much backstory. There is a feeling for each location that pulls the reader into the plot, from the inner offices of the high-ranking brass, to the street corners where we get a clear view of the underbelly of the city.
The story deals subtly with the problems involving minorities and what ‘political correctness’ demands, often at the expense of common sense. The actions of the plot are also immersed in the pull and tug of loyalties between officers who are well connected, and those who are less so. It has the ring of truth and is familiar to anyone who has worked in law enforcement, the military, or in a large cooperation.
If you like a good solid plot without the gimmicks that pop into most crime stories, then this is the book for you. It is entertaining, thought provoking, and a good read. I give Mr. Norris a well deserved five-star review for a job well done.
So, lets start with those early chapters. From the beginning Norris pulls the reader not only into the world of the NYPD, but into the world of the individual detective working the streets. Vivid descriptions of Galvin's precinct and day to day working life are presented through the eyes of Gavin and a reporter who just happens to be on a ride-along. The importance of relationships, for good and bad, are compared. Although Gavin uses his relationships with criminals to make arrests, some of his fellow police officers use familial relationships to gain unearned promotions, which includes Galvin's current partner.
This dichotomy between Galvin and his partner demonstrates the characteristics that make Lieutenant Galvin so heroic. Not only does Galvin have so many metals on his uniform that the whole force calls him by his epithet, "the rack", but he's unimposing, polite, and gentlemanly. He treats fellow officers and criminals with equal respect.
Meanwhile, through the medium of subplot, Norris introduces the chief antagonist as well. At first he is simply described as "the man". Mysteriously, "the man" is seen in an apartment loading a gun with "cop killer" ammunition. And after shocking the nation by "executing" a police officer, "the man" receives a more appropriate epithet: "The Blue Executioner".
From here the stage is set for our hero, Tommy Galvin to square off with the most heinous of criminals, a cop killer.
Overall I loved the book. It had the suspense and plot twists that we all expect in a mystery and the insights into the real world of policing that only a former officer can produce.
By the time I realized how many distracting problems there are, I was already hooked and had to finish it. The author needs to make the acquaintance of an English teacher, proofreader or text editor, a better speech-to-text program and instruction on the use of Spell Check. As far as the storyline goes it is a very timely tale of NYPD officers having to walk the very narrow line between the ambush execution of cops and excessive force complaints from the public. Self defense vs letting lawbreakers walk to avoid confrontations, etc.
If many grammatical mistakes, misspellings, homonyms and wildly eccentric punctuation don't much matter to you, you are in for a great read. If your OCD gets very upset with these things you may have to consider this. I hope the writer reads this as constructive critism and acts on it - I would look forward to reading more of his work.
Top reviews from other countries
I really enjoyed reading this book and for me it captured my attention to become a page turner as its well written with lots of twists and turns.
The writing was superb, the fantastic descriptions of the characters and settings utterly absorbing. As someone who has never visited the States, I loved the way the writer painted each scene, skilfully picking out just the right details to allow the reader to experience the whole journey and in my case make me feel like I know the role of the NYPD so well, I have spent years there myself.
I think this is a very talented writer, who deserves to have his work turned in to a gripping television series at the very least. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anyone who enjoys crime novels and a good suspenseful read, along with gripping characters you’ll love and hate, will surely enjoy this book. Highly recommended and I’ll be checking out more by this talented writer!