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- Publication Date: June 24, 2012
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"The Concrete Kiss" has its share of very bad DAs, a police chief who is corrupt as the DA and a DA's son-in-law -- a poster boy for privilege and the easy slide -- who runs across something that he can ill afford, an honest cop, one Nederick (Ned) Danes. We're introduced to a world-weary Danes, a homicide detetective for a decade, as he is dragging an evidence box back to records. Someone finds a DVD misfiled and, seeing the case flop out the second officer flips it to Danes, thinking it belongs to the homicide officer.
As luck would have it, it just doesn't belong to him and instinct tells him to pull away, but, his sense of honor just can't, so he does what any honest cop does, he puts the DVD into the player and plays a minute or two of video from a gas station that (to coin a phrase) "unconvicts" a patsy the DA's kid has all lined up for a one-way trip to the injection booth.
Funny, but when a silly thing like truth gets in the way, Danes can't take it. He does something he shouldn't do -- at least in the eyes of our suave and polished assistant DA (aka the DA's son) -- he reaches out for the defense team and let's them know something has fallen out of the "chain of evidence." Actually it never made it to that chain because it was "misfiled."
No harm, no foul, you think -- so what, just let the defense use it and if the guy walks there will be other cases. Nope, that's not the way the DA's kid sees it. He tells Danes that they are "all playing for the same team" and if he does anything to screw up his greased-skids case, Danes would be lucky to have a job as a "mall cop" as the DA's kid is a little peeved and more than a little lazy, too.
So Danes meets, the naturally suspicious defense attorney, who keeps looking over, under and around Danes to make sure this gift doesn't have strings that would bring down an ocean-liner. Of course it does, but the poor, overworked, public defender meets Danes who tells the attorney what to do, what papers to file and, generally, how to handle himself.
Not only does the DVD prove the DA's kid's timeline is all off, it also shows him (the defendant) couldn't have been within an hour or so of the violent act for which the DA and kid are trying to bury some poor bystander. The same DVD brings threats of reprisal from the DA and kid -- threatening his job and pension -- but Danes can only press ahead.
As fate would have it, though, and through some very deft writing by Gracde, we run across the scion an another of America's first families who creates a scandal when he tells "Mummah" that he wasn't cut out for corporate law and wanted to go into the FBI. Matthew Abbott is the name of the FBI agent with whom Danes teamed on a very high profile, tough-to-crack case. One of Danes' small rewards is a special phone number -- sort of a "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- that Abbott tells Danes to use if the bad guys have him all jammed up (they do and so begins an interesting section of the book that involves electronics, all-state recorders and threats from our dummy the DA's kid, who assumes Danes just want to mess him up.
Well, by the time Danes and Abbott are finished with the DA and kid, the judge admits the evidence, allows a police detective to testify against the railroading DA and opens the idiot scion of a very low part of that particular family tree to all kinds of sanctions because Abbott believes that a good cop needs someone watching his back. Abbott does, inventing a case as he goes in that become stronger by the hour as the DA and kid admit things to a recorder so that by the end of the day there is a case, the DA's kid is gone from the office and the kid is taking a couple of years away from the law.
That begins a long-time friendship between an honest fed and an honest cop that begins to wind down as the fed approaches retirement age with more than a few demons still left to be conquered. So he puts out the call to Danes, who Abbott knew would answer, and by the time they are finished, Now-Lt. Ned Danes and Special Agent in Charge of Major Crimes Matt Abbott end up, taking down, in no particular order:
****A string of meth drug cooking labs
****A longtime, highly overcofident hitman -- he's also a borderline sociopath so if he whacks a family member or two along the way, that's business
****And a very nasty serial bad deeds guy
That they make it out, at all, is amazing. The way they do it is more amazing -- let's just say they stretch the law to fit their needs here and there, but it works .
In many ways, this is the parable of Ahab and the White Whale as Abbott has his Moby (the confident hitman) and Ned has his, the actual killer whom the former assistant DA was trying to railroad. Each protagonist has a demon to conquer before he can slip off to either vacation or retirement. The way Grace has them do it in ingenously well-written, too.
It's little wonder that this book is as popular as it is because the writing is fantastic, transitions are natural and the backstory building and charactierizations are top rate.
Grace should be proud of "The Concrete Kiss (you can figure that one out)" and if you are looking for a great and quick read, you just can't put down, then this is the book for you.
A very readable, enjoyable novel.
The characters were developed well. I felt a connection with the main character, Ned Danes, rather quickly. This homicide detective stood up for what he knew was right and it cost him a 'promotion' right into the basement as head of the 'cold cases.' Then his determination plus standing for his principles really made me cheer him on. Not only was Ned's character totally developed but all the characters were developed nicely. Then there is Walter Plackman who is developed toward the end of the story in such a way that made a very large impact. I like the way the author lead me up to that point with the suspense building then finally the climax. I thought that was done effectively.
This is one story filled page after page of exciting action, suspense, and mystery that is sure to keep you up and reading long past your bedtime.
Ned is a Cold Case detective and is trying to solve one that was dropped into his lap just as he was taking over the unit. Phil Abbott is trying to find the killer of his adopted daughter's family.
Through all the twists and turns of solving these cases, we are kept on the edge of our seats with unexpected happenings. For instance, how can an autistic child help her father solve the case? How can a chance happening find the one clue needed to stop a killer? Both of these situations are needed to solve both cases.
If you are a detective novel reader, this is one book you should ask Santa to put in your stocking.
I felt there were some parts here and there that dragged bit but all in all it was a good book. Loved the last part of the book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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