A compelling mystery/thriller by Nick Chiarkas
If it moves away from you, it's food; if it moves toward you, you're food. The 1957 murder of an undercover cop in a New York City housing project has unexpected ties to the unsolved disappearance of a young father walking home in those same projects with his son, Angelo, on Christmas Eve six years before. The only witness to the cop killing is Angelo, now 13, while on his way to seek his own revenge in the early morning hours. The killers know he saw them. A series of gripping events forge a union between a priest, a Mafia boss, a police detective, and Angelo, a gang member. In the end, Weepers shows us that the courage of the underdog despite fear and moral ambiguity will conquer intimidation.
3.5 out of 5 stars
This was one of those books I went out of my typical comfort zone to read. I loved the back story of the author and what the book was about, but its not my typical genre (so just know that with this review).
The audiobook was narrated by Josh Chiarkas and wasn't good but wasn't bad. He has a very blue-collar voice (which I assume the author wanted to go with). You could tell that Josh either grew up in the city or is talented enough to emulate a city-dweller's type voice. The narration told the story in a gritty way (which fits with the tone of the novel).
I enjoyed the book and I can tell that Nick wrote what he knew. The details and information that he wrote out were very based-in fact and I think that's what made this book so "real" for me. For me, the story would weave from "I don't believe it" to very believable when different things happened (but I didn't grow up in that type of neighborhood). I can tell that the author really did his research before writing a debut novel like this.
All-in-all a good gritty, true to life city crime/suspense book.
I was given a free copy of this in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.