When a cop snaps, he threatens to take a building full of people with him.
Bernie Shepard comes home with a shotgun. He opens the door to his bedroom, and sees what he expected - his wife in bed with another cop. Two pumps of the shotgun take care of them, and Shepard carries out the rest of his plan. Accompanied by his nameless dog, this half-mad young detective goes to the roof of his apartment building, where he has built a small fortress stocked with food, water, and weapons. He loads his guns and awaits the police.
Talking Shepard down falls to Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan, the odd-couple partners in Chicago homicide. As soon as they make contact, Shepard names his demands: He wants to talk to a TV crew and to the new police captain. The building is rigged with explosives, he says, and he is ready to pull the trigger. To stop this renegade cop, Lieberman and Hanrahan will have to kill him - or try to understand what made him snap.
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Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
In this summer of 2016 America’s two political parties are snarling. Their true believers want first-class seats to Utopia – in sonic jets. Their opponents aren’t wrong- instead, they’re evil. Ironic, since the bulk of each group have identical goals: to make humankind happy.
You want ironic, let me tell you about Abe Lieberman’s closing scene with his daughter here in “Lieberman’s Choice”. She’s a vexing young woman he dearly loves – who’s seeking happiness by taking her two kids and leaving her irritating, yet deeply committed, husband. “Are you happy Dad?” she asks Liberman. “I love you,” he replies then continues, “But there’s a difference between happiness and contentment.” And in those last dark-of-the-night-kichen-moments as Stuart Kominsky’s second Leiberman novel went to black… I felt a tear.
Just then a TV somewhere in my home blared a politician’s charge that an opponent’s positions were evil - not wrong, not misguided – Evil! There’s no compromise with evil. No debate. No happiness possible in a world where that opponent lives. The audience’s roar came muffled through the fog that billows when icy reality smashes against hot feelings.
Oh yeah, there’s a distiction between contentment and happiness. But how will we refocus upon contentment when each side's demagogues promise a level of happiness that wields perfection as a weapon to snuff the merely good?
I’ll listen to Richard Ferrone read me more of Abe Lieberman’s path through seemingly irreconcilable moments. This is good writing well read and driven by hopeful skepticism. There’s a difference between the snarling cynicism of a lot of adventure fiction and the optimistic skepticism of Abe Lieberman. A skeptic seeks enough evidence to make decisions while there will never be enough facts to satisfy the cynic. In this cacaphonic political moment I suspect that politicans prefer that we all be cynics… Those are citizens easiest to herd.
Meanwhile Kominsky’s given us Abe Lieberman to nudge us back from life’s sharpest radical edges. Start this series with “Lieberman’s Folly” to prepare for “Lieberman’s Choice” and follow me onto “Lieberman’s Day”. Look, maybe I’m corny with that tear and all but I hope you’ll find this detective-allegory as charming and intriguing as I do.
I'm loving this series more and more as it combines great Chicago references with the wit and wisdom of a Jewish American detective. It's chicken soup for the mystery lovers.
I'm not sure. Maybe if they go on sale.
His voice is great for grisly detective/ PI characters. Reminds me of Dick Tracy.
The story itself left me wanting more. I bought the book during the try a new series sale. The first book didn't sound appealing to me so I went straight to the 2nd book. There didn't seem to be a lot of character depth (could have done it in the first book). It seemed like characters were presented, did their thing in the story and that was it.
The premise sounded interesting but it seemed rushed and anti-climactic. There wasn't really an explanation as to why the killer cop thought what he did that led to the murders. I mean the author alluded to it in a hazy sort of way but it seems that if the guy was a good detective like they said he was, then a little effort would have shown he was in error. And if his thoughts were just a reflection of his character, it would have been easier to see if there was more character development of the story. Also, I was pretty disappointed about not finding out what became of the Captain and his fiancée. Maybe that too is in another book but it made this book feel unfinished. It felt too "real life." In real life, you don't always get the answers as to why. But in a fictional book, I expect these questions to be answered
The book is not terrible. Like I said, the idea was great and I was eager to find out why it happened and how they would get there. But the dizzying speed of how it ended and the questions left over make me say, wait for it to be on sale.
Left me wanting to read more of Kaminsky's books. I've been reading Diana Gabaldon's Voyager series and the "In Death" series by JD Robb so I'm used to listening to longer books.
Not as culturally diverse and informative as the first novel but still a great story. Emotionally and real as a fiction story can be.
I just wrote a review on the first book in this series... it wasn't great. I am happy that I purchased these two together as part of an Audible deal, because I would otherwise not have purchased the second in the series. This is what I had been hoping for in terms of quality of writing. Within the first ten minutes the observations and descriptions had me transported into the book. And the narrator - bordering on extremely annoying on the first book - is also vastly better on this one. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of these now.
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