Hooligans Kindle Edition
|Length: 450 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I was curious to see if my earlier enthusiasm for Diehl had waned. It hasn't. The story is beautifully plotted and moves along at a great clip.
What's interesting from a technical perspective is that the hero's backstory is inextricably linked to the plot, adding a nice layer of density to an already really well-crafted crafted book.
It's wonderful to see the staying power of some of the books I read so long ago. So, after all these years, I still count myself a Diehl fan.
Jake Kilmer is a federal agent investigating organised crime who has been trying unsuccessfully for several years to make a case against a Mafia family known as the Cincinnati Triad. The Triad disappear for some time and then turn up again in Dunetown, Georgia where Jake spent his happiest teenage years. During the last 20 years since he left Dunetown, Jake has lived through the horrors of the Vietnam war and become a tough motivated cop determined to eliminate the Triad by any means. Since Jake left, Dunetown has changed from an idylic backwater to a glitzy city where the Triad can operate and profit openly.
Jake joins an unusual group of local crime fighters recruited from the dregs of police society to stamp out organised crime. Because of their characters and appearance the locals call them the Hooligans. When the Mafia leader and some of his top people are murdered, Jake and the Hooligans are the only chance that Dunetown has to stop the bloodshed and eliminate organised crime from the city.
William Diehl was a great thriller writer from the 1970's to 1990's who died in 2006 It is wonderful that his estate has released several of his books on Kindle at affordable prices, including the well known Sharkey's Machine and Primal Fear which were made into very successful movies.
I loved Sharkey's Machine, didn't understand or appreciate Chameleon and really enjoyed the pace and sizzle of Hooligans. There are still 4 or 5 of Diehl's books that I look forward to reading soon.
My only minor beef, is there are a host of characters and it is a little hard (for half the book) to keep up with who is who. Made worse by the Mafia guys all having pseudonyms in the town and not their real names (that the hero uses) so you may need to take careful note of each character.