Former Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy returns to prowl the meaner streets of Long Island's darkest precincts with a Russian mercenary at his back in the stunning second installment of Reed Farrel Coleman's critically acclaimed series.
Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm's way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. Gus' ex-priest pal, Bill Kilkenny, introduces him to a wealthy businessman anxious to have someone look more deeply into the brutal murder of his granddaughter. Though the police already have the girl's murderer in custody, they have been unable to provide a reason for the killing. The businessman, Spears, offers big incentives if Gus can supply him with what the cops cannot - a motive. Later that same day, Gus witnesses the execution of a man who has just met with his friend Slava. As Gus looks into the girl's murder and tries to protect Slava from the executioner's bullet, he must navigate a minefield populated by hostile cops, street gangs, and a Russian mercenary who will stop at nothing to do his master's bidding. But in trying to solve the girl's murder and save his friend, Gus may be opening a door into a past that was best left forgotten. Can he fix the damage done, or is it true that what you break you forever own?
©2017 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A better-than-average male fantasy crime novel. If you’re a certain kind of guy, it’s got all the ingredients you’ll like: an ex-cop protagonist, Gus, whom everyone loves and respects, with a well-deserved excuse for self-pity and plausibly valid reasons to receive and inflict violence (on purpose or inadvertently), and the graphic descriptions of the torture and murder of women and children that are evidently a requirement for all crime novels these days. Gus also has a smart and beautiful ex-wife and an actress girlfriend who “looks like Marilyn Monroe” and loves Gus truly madly deeply. The reader, Keith Szarabajka, is excellent. However, If you are a woman (ahem), or a guy who enjoys more nuanced, challenging crime novels, you might want to look for something else -- you are not the "intended audience" for this book.
Love the story, Gus continues to amaze.
this is a great follow up novel.
Well written and we'll narrated.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
Gus is still depressed because of the death of his son and the breakup of his marriage. He reminds the reader about this every chance he gets. He never really seems to have any fun, although he remains devoted to his daughter. What his new love interest is attracted to is never apparent, at least not to me. He doesn't value his former life as a detective but, presented with a challenge from a wealthy man whom Gus instinctively dislikes, he accepts the case. Ever so slowly, he begins to uncover the reasons behind the killing of this man's granddaughter. In the process, he is nearly killed on more than one occasion. He doesn't seem to put his knowledge of police work to good use and is repeatedly rescued by a Russian hitman whose job it is to kill Gus's co-worker and friend Slava, who is in hiding.
Having so enjoyed his Moe Praeger series, I continue to be disappointed by the Gus Murphy series. Fortunately, Keith Szarabajka is a fine reader/actor who makes the story bearable. I wonder whether I would have finished reading a print version.
Enjoyed Coleman's first book, and this one is more of the same. Expect more in the future.
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