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The Charlestown Connection: A Dermot Sparhawk Thriller (Dermot Sparhawk Series) Kindle Edition
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The Charlestown Connection is Tom MacDonald's first novel. He paints a vibrant picture of Boston's Charlestown neighborhood and enriches the narrative with glimpses of Charlestown's troubled history. The book is filled with unusual characters who are sometimes more colorful than interesting. Sparhawk's alcoholism makes him instantly familiar, but I got no sense of urgency from his battle with the bottle -- his newfound sobriety seemed too easy. Friends who help Sparhawk with the mystery include Glooscap, who speaks slowly and without contractions because "contractions are for the lazy, uttered only by sluggards"; an isolated, wheelchair-bound veteran named Buck Louis; Angus Og, a sometimes delusional veteran who claims to have advised Henry Kissinger about Vietnam and John Updike about baseball (could he be telling the truth?); and the too cutely named Harraseeket Kid, a character who adds nothing to the story.Read more ›
The story moves. Simply put, it keeps the reader engaged by constantly keeping the reader on his toes - new tidbits of information in the investigation. You feel like you could be in the protagonist's shoes, right there with him as he's searching for clues.
I usually read novels by Vince Flynn or Tom Clancy, the political/action thriller, so this is a bit of a new one for me. The thing I do like about this book, though, when compared to theirs is the length. You don't need to invest weeks of valuable time into this book to get the satisfaction of finishing it. It was a rather brief read compared to those others (not that I'm complaining about the others). It's just nice to read a shorter story every once in a while.
The reasons I'm only giving it 4 stars: First, a very small complaint. The author used "clip" instead of magazine (or mag) when describing the carrying device for a handgun's ammo. Not a big deal, but I'm sure other gun enthusiasts noticed. Second, I feel like the author's sense of time was a bit off. There were a few instances where characters would do something, make some tea for instance, and the tea was done after only one or two comments. There were a few more times in the book where this happened too and I just thought, "That takes more than 30 seconds for me". Not a very big deal, but I think it would be a little more realistic if the timing was a bit different. Third, it was a bit slow to start, but I easily got into the book about 20% in.Read more ›
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
The best part of this story is the characters, especially the protagonist, Dermot Sparhawk who is half Micmac Indian and half Irish. He is a recovering alcoholic thanks to AA and a strength of character he apparently hadn't realized he had. The story begins when his godfather, Jeepster Hennessey stumbles into the food pantry Dermot runs and dies at Dermot's feet. He mumbles a few words as he is dying from stab wounds. The words don't make any sense to Dermot, nor do the keys his godfather presses into his hand.
Dermot owns a house and lives on the second floor while his Boston College football friend Buck who is a paraplegic lives on the first floor. His Uncle Glooscap's son Harraseeket Kid lives in the basement. The three of them team up to solve the puzzle and find themselves in danger from several fronts. It all seems to have something to do with valuable paintings. There is also an attractive FBI agent involved, but is she who she claims to be?
This is a great story with characters who are so well depicted you'll remember them for a long time, particularly Dermot. He has a good heart but he's a realist; he is handsome but has a bad knee that kept him out of pro football and is only just maintaining his sobriety. You'll cheer for him throughout the book. Personally, I hadn't heard anything about Micmac Indians since we moved out of Maine.
I highly recommend The Charlestown Connection. It doesn't matter if you know Boston or not, MacDonald makes the scene come alive for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fabulous surprise of a book! This is everything one could wish for- neighborhood details, fantastic dialogue, an art heist believably handled. Great fun!Published 1 month ago by Esen77
There were typos throughout, mostly after the first half. The Aurther did a good job and I enjoyed the book. A good page turner.Published 8 months ago by Sandra B.
If you like Spenser mysteries you'll love this. Boston local, great read. Fun cast of characters. Some twists in the plot and a main character with integrity. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read this book primarily because I thought it was about Charleston, S.C., I place I love. By the time I discovered my mistake I was already hooked. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda oneill
I like Dermot Sparhawk... a lot! And I like this book. But I'd recommend reading "Beyond the Bridge" first—this book was published first but "Beyond the Bridge"... Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. O'Neil
If you are from the Boston area, its a fun read. You probably know the streets, locales and the feel of Boston. However, the writing was just adequate, the story was pretty lame. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Franklin's Kindle
I love a good mystery and this was no exception. I found it easy to read and I enjoyed it a lot.Published 21 months ago by Diane M. Evans
A true page-turner with a few twists and turns. Well written and a fairly quick read. I was disappointed it had to end.Published 22 months ago by BMC
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