When his nephew is killed by a mugger, Lieberman will do anything to bring his family justice.
In a posh part of Chicago’s North Side, two Trinidadian men look for someone to jump. Waiting outside an apartment building, they see a couple shivering in the cold as they make their way to their car. The Trinidadians draw guns, demand money - and quickly go too far. Shots ring out, and the muggers run. Behind them, the man is dead, and his pregnant wife lays bleeding in the street.The murder victim is the nephew of Abe Lieberman, one of the most dignified cops in Chicago homicide.
When he learns of the killing, Lieberman’s calm facade cracks. As he works with his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to find the killers, Lieberman makes a pact with the devil - ready to sacrifice everything if it means finding the men who gunned his nephew down in the street.
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I love the Abe Lieberman series, and this was a good story, actually several stories. Kaminksy's wonderful characters are brought to life by an excellent narration by Richard Ferrone. There is a surprise ending, rather artificially concealed, although hinted at in retrospect; Abe's "solution" to the dilemma facing him is creative but decidedly unrealistic.
I'd never heard of Stuart Kaminsky before. I'm so glad this book was offered on sale as it was great. I loved that the two police partners are a Rabbi and a questioning Catholic.
I'm also glad to see that he has over 40 books I still have to read!
I wouldn't listen to it again, I just wanted to get through it to start my next book . The personalities were a bit bland, I felt like I was hearing about a boring cop's boring life that happened to have a bit of drama in it one day. The murder of his nephew seemed to be "just a bit of drama" rather than a horrible experience.
No, but I doubt I will listen to another Leiberman story.
It may have been the story but it seemed to fit with the main character's personality. Dry, slow, a bit boring.
Yes, remove any Lieberman novels from my wish list.
Engaging storyline, believable characters, and some really nice plot twists along the way. The arch of the story is strong with good pacing and juxtapositions in perspectives. Enjoyed this and will listen to more in the series!(
Just not a smart writer. Little character development. What Elmore L can accomplish with one sentence is never achieved throughout the book's entirety.
This reminded me of some of the Ed McBain 87th precinct books - perhaps because of the weather scenes. I didn't like the narrator at first then I grew into his performance. The lead detective was an interesting character. I quite liked the book, but if there was a series I probably wouldn't buy any more.
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series and Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series. Good authors and many in the series.
One Horse Town
I think that anyone who grew up in a predominantly jewish environment might enjoy this. I grew up on the north side of Chicago so I thought I would enjoy this but I found there was very little substance to the story and too much "jewishness". I am from a jewish area of the city but never experienced this type of environment. The reader mispronounced the street names which also drove me crazy. I would not recommend this book as the story itself was very weak and did not keep me interested.
Lack of substance. Too little time devoted to the mystery. Too much devoted to "fluff"
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