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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: March 17, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J2ICXLU
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However this book was written in 2014 ( I believe based on when Amazon kindle says it was written) it is obviously set earlier. So I was disappointed when this character turns out to be the exact same creation as every other conflicted cop out there. Drinking problem? Check. Divorced? Check. Problems relating to kid? Check. World weary? Check. On the verge of a breakdown? Check. Lives alone with few friends? Check. Can't talk about problems? Check. Problems in the past? Check. The only thing missing from this tired, cliched character description was that he wasn't being investigated by Internal Affairs.
Listen up authors - this trope has been done before please come up with a different angle.
Ultimately the interesting story, the descriptions of Red Hook, and the inclusion of Jack Leightner's son's thoughts about his dad cause this novel to be moved up to 2 stars. If the character wasn't so hackneyed I would give it 4 stars
Jack Leightner, a 50-year old divorced man, is a detective in a special homicide squad in Brooklyn. Jack is Brooklyn born and bred and has never had the desire to leave. I have often heard people say they like the sense of place they get from a book. If you want to spend some time in the real Brooklyn, this is your book. Mr. Cohen has captured the cultural differences of each neighborhood in that borough of New York.
When a man is found dead in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, Jack and his special homicide unit are assigned the case. The circumstances surrounding this murder are a true to mystery to him and his partner. Why would anyone want to kill a Dominican janitor in such a brutal manner? In his tireless search for the answer, Jack not only confronts his childhood which was spent in Red Hook, but the future of this area of Brooklyn whose golden days seem long past.
Jack's exploration into his darkest and deepest hidden fears bring him face to face with his relationships with both the dead and the living. He tries to come to terms with a strained relationship with his dead father and his feelings about his younger brother who died at thirteen. While doing this, he is trying to reconnect with his 20-something son and enter into his first meaningful relationship with a woman in almost 20 years.
The ending of this book is second only to that of "The 25th Hour." I couldn't turn the last 20 pages fast enough. Like the famous roller coaster ride in Coney Island, Mr. Cohen takes you on a heart-thumping ride that sends you soaring and plummeting time and again. This does not end until the very last page when you can catch your breath and get off the ride.
With the publication of, among others, "The Bottoms," The 25th Hour" and "Mystic River, the mystery novel has joined the ranks of fine literature. Add "Red Hook" to this impressive list.
Five stars does not do this book justice. Pick up a copy and see if you're not rooting for Jack.