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Out of Cabrini: A Macbeth Novel (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – April, 2006
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This debut novel from a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department is the real deal; reading it is like talking to a cop who's in a mood to share stories. In a kind of Fargo blend of comedy and tragedy, Case pulls out a wealth of knowledge about Chicago street-gang members, juxtaposing their street smarts against the "rent-a-victim" innocence of suburbanites The plot offers a wild ride centered on a gangbanger's car, a Lexus GS300, impounded with a four-kilo fortune in drugs inside, picked up in an illegal sale by a wealthy businessman, who presents it to his mistress. The street gang is desperate to find the car, terrorizing and murdering as they search, while hero Stacy Macbeth of the Eighteenth District Tactical Team coordinates the cop chase. Case fills the plot with the kind of funny, exuberant, outrageous details only a longtime cop could know. Recommend this riveting crime novel to fans of the late Hugh Holton, another former Chicago cop turned crime novelist. Connie Fletcher
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Panicking that he left the stash hidden in his vehicle, Lonnie sends his associate to buy the car at auction. However, Jimmy Lewicki of the City Auto Pound already sold the BMW under the table to local businessman Robert Starr, who gives it as a present to his mistress. As the Huggins segment of the Cabrini Green Gang kills anyone in their way of regaining the vehicle, the Cabrini Tactical Force of the police battle to get to the car before someone else is dead.
Fans of wild police procedurals will want to ride along with the Cabrini Tactical Force as they follow a trail of corpses due to the under the table sale of Huggins' BMW. The story line is action packed starting from the moment Stacey's partner Zito gets his tongue pierced and never slows down until after the final confrontation between the police and the gang. OUT OF CABRINI makes quite a case that the war on drugs is as dangerous as ever as urban warfare with" guerilla" tactics place cops and bystanders in peril at all times.
PS. I bought this at a local book store in Minneapolis on April 15th - I don't know why Amazon says is not available until July 31.