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The effects of the Depression are still being felt, gangsters are running the show, and the police are corrupt.
Emmett Whelan, an idealistic county prosecutor who has left behind his Irish roots and married into the country club set, takes on the city’s corrupt political machine when he investigates the brutal murder of a black musician.
Emmett starts poking around and soon finds there has been no investigation into the man's death.
He starts to wonder why a gentle man like Eddie was murdered, and why?
As Emmett probes the case and meets another outsider, black jazz singer Arlene Gray, he discovers the city’s underbelly of racism and criminality.
Emmett hires a PI to help him. Mickey McDermott lost his job as a cop when he wouldn’t play by the rules.
Soon they see that Eddie’s death is connected to some pretty powerful men in town.
But as Emmett works harder and harder for justice, his marriage starts to disintegrate.
And the more he digs, the more he sees he’s being played.
The closer he gets to the heart of the corruption, the more he sees that it is deeper and closer than he has ever suspected.
When the truth finally unfolds – about the killings, the machine, Emmett’s wife – a surprising and devastating climax reverberates at every level of the city...
Reach the Shining River is an urban crime drama about money, race, and class. Tense and full of memorable characters, it has the smell of a big river, the atmosphere of 1930s America, and a soundtrack that is pure jazz and blues.
Kevin Stevens is the author of two bestselling novels, Song for Katya and The Rizzoli Contract, and of four books for children and young adults. The Cops Are Robbers, his true crime account of New England’s largest bank burglary, was made into an NBC Movie of the Week. Kevin lives in Dublin and Boston and writes about jazz and American politics for The Irish Times and other publications.
Dad sets his head on fire, while mom brings thunderstorms everywhere. Meet the Powers: the not-so-super superheroes.
The Powers are a superhero family who have some incredible powers, but are also decidedly lacking in any ability to control them. On a visit to The World-Famous Museum of Pirates and Buccaneers, the Powers discover a history of pirates stealing from the locals in the seaside town where they're on vacation. Two suspicious sailors convince the Powers that pirates are plotting their return to the town, and when JP spots a tall ship at sea, havoc ensues as the Powers try to save the day. Only Suzie, whose family is sure she has no superpowers at all, can keep things under control. But for how long? A perfectly-paced adventure story featuring a colorful and genuinely funny family, The Powers will entertain and charm young readers.
Tariq is beset by danger on the streets and by conflict at home. Music is his only consolation. The only ally of his own age is Rachel, his Jewish classmate. She will not let Tariq's Islamic Iraqi background define how she—or the wider community—sees him. When he forms a new friendship with the volatile but intriguing record-store owner Jamal, Tariq discovers the world of jazz and the man he could become. The violence that has long threatened finally erupts, and things suddenly clarify for Tariq. He takes the ultimate risk—not on behalf of his friend but on behalf of his enemy—and the disparate worlds of modern America and traditional Islam come together in an unexpected and gripping resolution.
The second tale of the Powers centers on the adventures of Pucker, the family's mutt of a pug-dog. After he is dognapped, along with a beautiful French poodle, the Powers must follow the clues through Dublin, Paris, and St. Petersburg to bring their beloved pup back home.
"Reach the Shining River" is an urban crime drama about money, race, and class. Tense and full of memorable characters, it has the smell of a big river, the atmosphere of 1930s America, and a soundtrack that is pure jazz and blues.
“With the rhythm and cadence of the prose, echoing the blues soundtrack that underscored the whole book, Stevens easily achieved that balance between crime fiction and literary fiction due to his exceptional characterization and engaging prose.” —Raven Crime Reads
A tense and gritty story of home values threatened by street gang violence
The summer before Jack Klements begins high school in Seattle, his life is disrupted by a visit from his Irish cousin Finn, a "problem child" sent from Dublin after being expelled from school. Obsessed with the violent computer game Gang Feud 3, Finn has trouble distinguishing between games and reality, and soon becomes dangerously involved with a Latino gang in the inner city. Kevin Stevens's pacy debut as a young adult writer is an adventure story with divided loyalties at its heart.