- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0727882287
- ISBN-13: 978-0727882288
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,977,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Detective Irwin Boots Littlefield, of Brooklyn’s 64th Precinct, has a certain moral code. He may occasionally keep ill-gotten gains found in an investigation, but he won’t let an innocent man go down for murder. Assigned to a task force to find Police Captain Chris Parker’s killer, Boots is partnered with Crazy Jill Kelly, so-called for her quick temper and deadly aim, the daughter of a murdered cop and niece of the chief of detectives. When Boots ferrets out habitual car thief Vinnie Palermo, who witnessed Parker’s death while hijacking a Nissan, the brass charge Palermo with murder. But Boots doesn’t buy it, losing friends on the force and paying dearly as he searches for the actual killer, a process that uncovers an atmosphere of corruption and a cache of dirty cops. Solomita’s trademark brisk dialogue and relentless pace shine here, but his primary characters fall a little flat: Boots lacks appeal, despite being described as universally well liked, and his relationship with Jill seldom goes beyond heated sexual encounters, despite allegations to the contrary. Accomplished hard-boiled crime a little short on character development. --Michele Leber
“An accomplished hard-boiled crime” (Booklist)
“Solomita seasons his tale with grit and gristle. . . dark, satisfying crime novel.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I urge you to read this book, and his others as well. Maybe some day soon someone in TV or the film business will get smart and realize that there's a goldmine here.
The author is a former cab driver in New York and his knowledge and descriptions of the streets of Brooklyn, New York and surroundings is right on.
There have been a number of murders involving New York City cops, one was on the job investigating the Lipstick murderer, another was a captain who thought he was invincible.
Boots investigates these murders and, when one of his sources is arrested for one of the murders, Boots knows there is coverup going on and he feels he has to take actions to prove his man isn't guilty of murder.
An interesting sideline is Boots and gambling. He enjoys the New York Yankees and is constantly betting small amounts on their games. His bookie is a friend who also gets involved in a crime.
I read this book in a couple of days and enjoyed every minute of it.