- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (February 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 072788462X
- ISBN-13: 978-0727884626
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,308,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The striver in this latest crime world slice of life is Teddy Winuk,who is a mid-level player in Piano’s crime empire. Teddy’s ready to make a move on Piano: he’s tired of paying tribute for every dollar he earns. He’s put together his own crew: they’re slowly moving in on Piano. So when Teddy comes across Johnny Piano’s thug son, Carlo, brutally raping a woman in an alley, he puts a slug in Carlo’s skull and walks off, leaving the young woman (and Carlo’s corpse with his pants around his ankles) behind him. The rest of the novel is a race to see who finds the young woman first. If it’s Boots and Jill, she may survive. If it’s Piano, she woman won’t last much longer than it takes for him to torture the name of his son’s killer out of her. This book isn’t so much about crime solving, although the cops engage in rudimentary deduction, as it is about a particular kind of life: what is it like to be cops? or the hoodlums they pursue? Solomita takes the reader on quite a ride but don’t expect it all to be tidied up in the end. Closure isn’t a big thing in novels like this. Character, place and action are.
New York, an Italian mob family, an up and coming hood, a rape in progress, a murder, an investigation, a couple of cops with a personal history, our rape victim and her surprising efforts at evening the score, our murder victim’s crime lord father and the threat the death poses to his reputation and empire, his own ill-conceived inquiries into the slaying of his son, pimps, prostitution, gambling, drugs, police politics, a touch of romance......
Character, setting, pace, plot and action are all present in abundance. It’s interesting how Solomita creates engaging and likeable characters that are operating on both sides of the law and that you know inevitably are going to end up butting heads come the end of the book. It’s like he’s playing with the reader.
Solomita in addition to the action and inevitable violence touches on stronger themes where we consider family, church, neighbourhood, community, friendship and love in addition to money, power and ambition.
A fantastic story with a satisfying outcome; another top rated read for this month.
5 from 5
I’m looking forward to more from this author in the future.
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