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Manhattan North (The Thorn Savage NYPD Series Book 2) by [Mackie, John]
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Fans of Mackie's debut, Manhattan South, will be pleased to note that NYPD Det. Sgt. Thornton Savage, the larger-than-life protagonist of this high intensity police procedural, hasn't lost his hard edge or his renegade impulses. Set in the heart of Harlem, the novel opens with the brutal murder of Horace Grimes, a notorious drug kingpin. Savage and his homicide squad take the case-which turns out to be the latest in a series of gruesome drug-czar slayings. But after the lead investigator, one of Savage's longtime friends, is killed, the case turns personal. Savage arrests Derek Ogden, who has made a fortune running the city's most ruthless drug ring, but he lacks the evidence to hold Ogden and his sadistic protege. While Savage builds his case, Ogden arranges for the detective's fiancee to be killed, which sends Savage on a manhunt. Mackie excels at creating grisly imagery and dissecting intricate police work for lay readers. Unfortunately, he isn't as adept at writing about interpersonal relationships. The dialogue between Savage and his bride-to-be feels forced. Likewise, when Mackie tries to convey his characters' emotions, his prose often becomes overly dramatic. Nevertheless, the book's relentless pacing and spine-chilling suspense will keep readers on their toes.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"The books relentless pacing and spine-chilling suspense will keep readers on their toes." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A great and exciting story..." MOSTLY FICTION

"Another first-rate procedural from John Mackie..." BOOK BITCH 

"John Mackie's books are high intensity. Mackie excels at creating grisly imagery and dissecting intricate police work for readers." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"To John Mackie, Harry Bosch would go through a door with you anytime, anywhere..."
MICHAEL CONNELLY

             

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  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPFWVLA
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By A Customer on July 2, 2003
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Horace Grimes is the third drug kingpin murdered in the MANHATTAN NORTH precinct and the fifth in the city in the past few months. In each case the victim is tied up by nylon cable straps, beaten up in what seemed like a vicious Q & A session, and ultimately shot in the head from close up inside car with the driver's window open.
NYPD Detective Sergeant Thornton Savage is assigned as lead investigator. A tip leads him to art expert and socialite Derek Ogden. Thornton's best friend Abe Hamilton goes undercover to tail Derek. However, the prominent Derek's enforcer Luther Robinson kills Abe. While Thornton mourns his loss and feels guilt over the assignment that left a teen without a father, the case against Derek heads south. Even worse, Luther begins killing anyone that Thornton cherishes. Besides mourning the loss of pal, Thornton knows he must stop this killing machine and his smooth boss before further innocent people die as his beloved girlfriend did.
This is an exciting police procedural in which the readers know the culprits from almost the beginning of the novel. That irony does not slow down the pace or impede the suspense of this thriller. Though Luther behaves out of control except when he uses reverse psychology to lure his victim into a trap. The audience will take immense delight in this taut cat and mouse caper.
Harriet Klausner
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I have read Mackie's "Manhattan South" and loved the novel. I immediately read "Manhattan North" afterwards and (thinking Mackie couldn't out do himself), loved this story even more. Sgt. Thorn Savage is back and had immersed himself into stopping the leader of a notoriously violent drug traffic industry. He turns it into more than a professional occupation, it becomes a personal vendetta. I simply could not put the book down. If it becomes a movie (and hopefully it will), I'll see it without delay.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads detective stories.
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Author John Mackie was a decorated NYPD detective (he is now retired) but he is even a better writer. I thought his first book (Manhattan South) as good a detective novel as I've read but this one is even better. The Publishers Weekly review is so wrong. Mackie writes excellently about personal relationships; so much so that I actually had tears in my eyes over the tragedy in this novel. The first novel galloped along from the get-go, but this one is a slow build. I was impatient through the opening chapters but WOW! - When the action started, it was an incredible not-to-be-missed ride all the way to the last word. If you read "thrillers" at all (and even if you don't) this one will keep you turning pages. I was up 'till 3 AM; I had to find out what happened. Mackie is on my "must list" and I'll read whatever he writes.
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MANHATTAN NORTH is the second of NYPD Sgt.(Ret.) John Mackie's Thorn Savage novels, an exciting follow-up to MANHATTAN SOUTH.

In this novel, Thorn is assigned to lead a special police task force investigating the killings of New York's most notorious drug kingpins. As Thorn closes in on the perpetrators, he and his become targets in the drug war.

The very "film noir" ending is bleak and is worthy of the best of Dirty Harry. This series has definite screen potential.

Although not as deftly plotted as MANHATTAN SOUTH, MANHATTAN NORTH moves along at terminal velocity, a real turn-the-page cop thriller.
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This series about Sgt. Thorn Savage are as good as they come. They are right up there with the best of Patterson,Coben,Stanford except Mackie gives you more bang for your buck.He gives you more pages than the standard 380. The stories are fast paced and true to police procedure.I became glued to it, could not put it down and immediately ordered all the rest in this series. I am a retired cop and it made me long for the good old days in the squad room.
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John Mackey has created a great character in Thornton Savage. I loved Manhattan South, and I think that this one is even better. I found that I couldn't put the book down, and that is really unusual for me, having to suffer through reading with a lazy eye problem. His shocking twist toward the end of the book set off a Death Wish that we all wanted to be a part of. Mackey's got a smooth, easy flowing way of writing that grabs you, and pulls you through an enjoyable ride of a great cop story. Wake up Hollywood! Don't let this story pass you by. It would make a great movie!
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This was truly a delight. Well written. Lot's of realistic action. A true page turner that I just didn't want to put down. The author was a highly decorated veteran of the NYPD.
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By J. Rodeck on December 27, 2012
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The literary level is comic book. The villain is nasty enough. The Death Wish - type pursuit is well done.
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