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West Side (The Thorn Savage NYPD Series Book 4) by [Mackie, John]
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"A gritty walk through New York's underbelly told by someone who obviously has been there...EXCELLENT Police procedural..." BOOK BITCH

"An excellent novel that is part thriller, part police procedural. The details of the investigation, with its many twists, turns, and roadblocks, are fascinating. A SUPERIOR thriller. THE ROMANCE READERS CONNECTION 

"Mackie shows off his skills at solid, no-frills, action-packed police procedurals...." SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

"Where will John take Savage next? Whichever direction you can count on it being action packed...." BOOK BITCH

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

About the Author

John Mackie is a highly decorated veteran of the New York City Police Department. He served in the Street Crime Unit, Midtown South, Internal Affairs, and the Narcotics Division of the Organized Crime Control Bureau, garnering dozens of medals and commendations over the course of his NYPD career. A holder of the department’s prized Medal of Valor, he retired as a sergeant and now makes his home in Florida. Visit the author’s Web site at www.mackiej.com.

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  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPWHDHK
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By Joni A. Volski on January 9, 2006
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John Mackie, a former member of the NYPD is one of the best contemporary mystery/detective writers. His cop stories rank right up there with Joseph Wambaugh and Archer Mayor. He is one terrific read. He understands human nature and is able to convey it. He also is an expert on police procedure. New York City and his characters come out of the pages. You can visualize every street, smell the city and feel the beat. Detective Thorn Savage, his main character, is smart and sophisticted. Savage heads up a team of elite homicide dectectives. Mackie's stories grab you from the first page. Mackie has written four books: Manhattan South, Manhattan North, East Side,West Side. I hope it will not be too long until there is a fifth book
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The characters continue to move on the New York Homicide world, and hold my interest. I am enjoying the books and I am afraid that I am going to run out of them very soon, one more to go. I will miss the cast and New York, New York
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The wonderful thing about John Mackie as a writer is his ability to take a canned and generically labelled storyline down from the shelf and cook up something mesmerizingly readable and thoroughly entertaining with it.

In MANHATTAN SOUTH Mackie presented us with a tale of political blackmail ending in death; MANHATTAN NORTH was the story of a drug lord seeking to revenge himself on the cop that sent him up; and EAST SIDE concerned itself with a Church scandal and a cover-up.

WEST SIDE, his latest, is about an insurance fraud scam sometimes called the "Dead Man's Shuffle," where some poor passed-on unfortunate takes the identity of the still-quite-alive insured, who then collects on his own premium. In this case, the three beneficiaries are well-heeled but greedy denizens of New York's leather bar scene, who have killed a gay drifter as a substitute.

Although initially it looks like they are free, clear and in the money, alarm bells start ringing when the deceased is immediately cremated, the doctor who signed the death certificate begins to develop a sweaty lip, and two of the three conspirators suddenly vanish before sunup.

Detective Sergeant Thorn Savage begins a laborious and sometimes hilarious manhunt through New York's gay bars, sometimes finding clues but most often being propositioned by men wearing spiked gloves and nipple rings, but never finding true love.

Fortunately for Savage, the three caballeros leave a wake as big as the USS Theodore Roosevelt's behind them. Unfortunately, they seem to have gone everywhere from Brooklyn to Belfast to Amsterdam to Sardinia to South Florida, and Savage has to play continental hopscotch to close the case and bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Just had the pleasure of reading "West Side" by John Mackie. Unlike police novels by most authors, this one is right on target. Mackie has obviously been there and done that. His descriptive powers and attention to detail bring each charactor to life and draw the reader into each scene.

He has captured the flavor of a NYPD Homicide Squad as its members labor to solve their latest puzzle. His excellent knowledge of police procedure makes fascinating reading as you follow the men and women of this elite unit in their step by step trackdown of a vicious killer team.

Best book I have read in a very long time.
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I liked the way this police procedural mystery started. The characters, plot, and action were all good. What fell apart for me was plausibility. The main character, Detective Sargent Savage was approached outside his headquarters by an old policeman acquaintance from another division about a death case he responded to some months ago that he had concerns about but had been closed by the detectives where he worked. Sargent Savage agreed to talk to the medical examiner about it, and they told him that they had closed it as a natural death. Sargent Savage was suspicious however (as well he should have since it was murder) and started his own unofficial investigation, that included the four members of his team. This seemed to me to be very implausible since as a former investigator I know that he and his team would have their own assigned cases to investigate and clear. Those cases do not just go away, and new cases are always coming in. I don't believe that they would be able to drop everything else and focus on this one case, especially one that was not theirs. Sargent Savage was able to convince his superiors to reopen the case however and from then on it was a pretty good read, but the plausibility issue still bothered me.
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John Mackie has the talent of making his characters come alive and literally jump out at you. His penchant for detail and description puts him in the same league with James Lee Burke. They don't come any better.
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Author John Mackie keeps on surprising me. Just when I think I know the kind of book he'll write, he takes a new turn. In this novel he unravels a brilliant scheme of multiple murders for insurance. Unlike his other books, this one is not so much an action story because the detectives involved are never in jeopardy. That takes some of the "edge" off of the story. But this is equally as fascinating as Mackies other books because it shows, in exquisite detail, how really good detective work is done in the real world. Hard to put this book down. A caveat; if you don't want to read about the seamy side of homosexual life, this is not your bag. I'm hooked on John Mackie's style, though. If he writes it, I'll read it. The former NYPD detective KNOWS of what he writes.
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