Capt. Nora Riter is a cop with a future, assuming her deadbeat husband doesn't mess it up first. He's hocked her jewelry, stolen her gun, and had cocaine delivered to their home. Their marriage is a toxic mess that could end her career - unless Blaze Longo ends it first. On the streets of Red Hook, Blaze is a legend: a merciless loan shark who wields a cleaver like a scalpel and wears a pouch around his neck carrying the severed ears of clients stupid enough not to pay up. Now the ice-cold psychopath has planned a kidnapping scheme that will catapult him into the big time, and it's up to Nora to put him in his place.
There were plenty of issues I had with the flow of this book, but in the end, I was so invested in the characters that the story didnt matter. For some odd reason, Leuci introduced several underlying conflicts that never were resolved. Nevertheless, I was riveted by the characters, thus this 4 star overall rating.
Leuci was a NYPD detective for many years and it shows in his work. He knows the politics, police work and crime stories better than most any other author in this genre.
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