Set in the Eastern colossal cities of Atlantic City and Philadelphia, A Shot of Brandi is a crime novel for the ages. Complete with mobsters, murders, lovers, and the Colombo-like crime skills of the Organized Crime Task force, this story is one that will grip you right from the first minute.
Rick Grosse has made his way in the world. With a well-connected partner-in-crime, he has elevated his basement business of Full Service Concierges to become the economic venture that takes Philadelphia by storm. In the height of its success, it seemed like Rick was untouchable; except that he is a man obsessed with his first love that "got away". To make matters worse, his business, which borders on the fringes of legality, is falling apart. He is forced to take action to save his world; going to places he has never been, in order to accomplish this feat.
Stephen Davis is the lead detective for the Philadelphia Organized Crime Task Force, an arm of law enforcement. A bizarre murder crosses his caseload and, along with his team, he sets out on a mission of solving the case and bringing the murderer to justice. His team is comprised of a group of dedicated officers, working to solve crimes and deliver justice for the victim. But what happens when a key witness is murdered? As the investigation hits one tailspin after another, Davis must work desperately to keep his team, and his wits, together.
Events take place in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and the Caribbean. They are all intertwined, along with the South Philly mob, the Russian Mob, and unhappily married women, which may be the most dangerous of the lot. Grosse struggles to do whatever it takes, to recapture a lost love, while Davis and his crew relentlessly pursue the criminals responsible for a trail of death and obsessions.
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I can't believe I almost forgot how much I love Chris Patton's narration style. Such a fabulous performer he is.
This story was interesting. I liked that you get everyone's view point and though there really isn't much of a mystery, the police procedural style held my interest while the team goes through the motion of solving a few murders. Mr. Patton truly brings this story to life as Rick, the bad guy who thinks he's outsmarted everyone and Stephen, the detective bound and determined to bring Rick to justice. Entertaining read!