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They were the Sheridan men, ruled by passion, betrayed by love, heirs to a legacy of violence and forbidden desire. Gus, Boston's top homicide cop: he knew equally well the backroom politics of City Hall and the private passions of the very rich, a man haunted by the wanton courage and perilous obsessions he inherited from his father. Conn, the patriarch, a lawless cop who spawned a circle of vengeance and betrayal that would span half a century. And Chris, Gus' beloved son, a Harvard lawyer and criminologist, fated to risk everything to break the chain of obsession and rage. Three generations linked by crime and punishment - cops and heroes, fathers, sons, and lovers united at last by revelations that could bring a family to its knees...
©1994 Robert B. Parker

Critic Reviews

"A thrilling game of cops-and-Brahmins. Parker is in fine form." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The old magician draws you in, absolutely! Parker has something important and touching to say about fathers and sons, about marriage and love, about courage and anomie." (New York Newsday)

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  • la Valette du varFrance
  • 10-06-07

touching and rare

first,please,readers,don"t be to hard on my style:I am french,and almost blind.
Amazing book and in my opinion the best of R.B.Parker;also as accurate as I could be the only one saying us a long story of love and unhapiness and feelings so profound and so intimate that they almost cannot be told.
I loved it.
I am a reader of R.B.Parker and generally I think that underniece some of his seemingly simple "detective story"there is much more to be taken;this book"all our yesterdays"show me I was right

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I hated this book

There are no likable characters. What a bore. It was a waste of money.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful