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Two New York City private detectives find themselves going up against ISIS. 

Retired NYPD homicide detective Joey Mancuso and his half brother, Father Dominic O'Brian, are hired to find a Greenwich, Connecticut, young lady abducted from her dorm at the University of Miami. Working from their investigative offices located inside Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub & Cigar Bar, located in the Financial District of Manhattan, the brothers are about to find out there is more to this than a simple abduction. 

Was the young lady abducted as a kidnap for ransom demand? Is she being sold into the lucrative sex slave market? 

Soon, Mancuso and O'Brian find some clues leading back to Gavi Drucker's abduction. Her father, Aaron Drucker, is a multi-millionaire and a Greenwich, Connecticut, socialite. His top-tier accounting firm, located in Midtown Manhattan, caters to clients worldwide, some of whom would like to keep their financial dealings private - very private. 

As the brothers begin to uncover more clues to find Gavi, things take an unexpected turn for the worst. Their investigation interferes with those of federal agencies, namely the FBI, DOJ, and DHS. A potential black market of 5,000-year-old Syrian and Iranian antiquities financing the terrorist group ISIS is being investigated by these agencies. Anyone with any knowledge could become a victim of these ruthless killers, including Joey Mancuso and all those around him. 

Mancuso, looking beyond the obvious in his usual Sherlock Holmes style and living up to his New York press-christened moniker of "The Last Advocate of the Victim", plows on disregarding attempts on his life.

©2018 Owen parr (P)2018 Owen Parr

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Mancuso and O'Brian solve another one...

This is an excellent addition to the Joey Mancuso/Father O'Brian mystery series. This is book four and although it can be read as a stand alone I would suggest listening to this series in order. There are changes in location, procedures and relationships that are best read in the order they were written.
Mancuso is known as the victim's last advocate. When he's hired by a multi millionaire to find his kidnapped daughter, Mancuso doesn't know what to expect or the danger he and his team are in. He follows clues from NYC to Miami to the Virgin Islands. While in Miami he questions a pilot at a private charter, after leaving his car is shot at and a young woman trying to help him is found murdered. Now Mancuso and O'Brian have another case. They have to watch their step because now other alphabet agencies are getting involved.
When first hired they thought they were investigating a human trafficking organization. Instead this turned into something completely unexpected.
Mancuso comes up with one of his schemes to trap the person pulling the strings and responsible for multiple murders.
Fred Filbrich does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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A fun mystery ride.

This is a well crafted Mystery with the usual twists and turns that will entertain most lovers
of this genre.

The Narrator does a great job in keeping the listeners interest and moving the story along.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Wayne
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  • 05-21-18

Another suspense mystery winner from Owen Parr!

Owen Parr's Mancuso and O'Brian crime mystery series is about a private investigations business. The Case of the Antiques Collector is the 4th novel in this 5 star series. The protagonists are half brothers (same mother). Joey Mancuso is an unconventional former NYPD detective with the best case clearance record in department history. His brother and partner is Catholic priest Father Dominic O'Brian who inherited the family business, Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, which is also the office of their PI business. This series is among the best, and may be THE best, modern detective mystery series currently available. The books are standalone, but I recommend listening to them in order. Narration is stellar.

This series has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

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A great example of this genre

The Case of the Antiquities Collector book 4 another great example of the genre. I am am a fan of crime mysteries and this book is up there with the best. Another superb plot, fast paced with plenty of action and lots of twists.
Narration is excellent and audio quality is good .
Highly recommended to anyone who loves a crime/mystery.
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A follow up book in the seires

This is another mystery solve by the brother duo. Very entertaining and will keep on following this series.

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Lets go down the rabbit hole

What seems like a normal missing persons/kidnapping case is anything but. There's intrigue within intrigue and everyone is hiding something. When dead bodies start turning up and it seems like the case has links all the way to ISIS this story makes it clear things are anything but simple.

This is the first book in this series that I have read, it worked as a standalone but it also refers to things I assume happened in the first three books so it's probably a good idea to read the series in order if you plan to read them all.

Joey has an excellent team working with him, they're and interesting group, but it's also clear that he is the lead investigator for a reason, his brain sees links that the others don't and he seems to be the one coming up with the plans.

There's lots of action, some interesting twists and some great moments of humor.

I really enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator did a great job with the character voices and the delivery in general.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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JUSTICE, LAW ARE NOT ALWAYS THE SAME.RIGHT, JOEY ?

I loved it ! Parr has developed a colorful family of characters, wonderfully portrayed by Narrator Fred Filbrich, who engage in old fashioned sleuthing. The Main character, Joey Mancuso operates a Wall Street Pub with his half brother, a Priest. Joey happens to be a former NYPD homicide detective. The family runs their detective agency out of the pub. Intricate scenarios entrap this Sherlock Holmes-like family. In this case, there are three or four crime tracks running at the same time ! One involves the theft and trading of ancient artifacts stolen in the MiddleEast and traded on the Black Market to help terrorists and underworld investors.. I am of the Boomer Generation, so I constantly also think of Charlie Chan and his Number One Son, as the Mancuso Clan take on the Dark Side. Joey has a rigid ethical and moral standard with a big heart. However, the existing legal structures which today tilt toward the bad guys sometimes get.... well, ignored temporarily in the interest of plain Justice and expediency. Miranda does not accompany Mancuso on his investigations. Given the crimes uncovered and the victims' injuries, you probably will join me in cheering Joey on as he administers some comeuppance. He is a crack shot with nerves of steel and a creative, intricate mind. He has great instincts and he carefully follows leads thinking out loud all the time, entertaining us as he tricks us into the wrong conclusion. It is all great fun and it is impossible to not learn something interesting because Parr has carefully researched the material in the plot. Joey would not have it any other way. Enjoy !

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  • Jan M
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  • 06-07-18

Outstanding!

I love this series! Owen Parr has written a great series featuring Joey Mancuso and Father O'Brian. I love how they use logic, deduction, and observations to figure things out. The author wove a great story with the kidnapping of a college student and some antiquities. I wasn't certain what direction things were going, and was surprised by some of the twists. The ending was so good. Owen Parr excels at the imagery in the books. Fred Filbrich is the perfect narrator for this series. I love the distinguished voices he gives various characters. I think this is my favorite book by Owen Parr to date. I highly recommend this standalone listen.

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Just Keeps Getting Better....

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Another great mystery for the Mancuso/O'Brian brothers! The interesting storyline this time brings Joey and Father O'Brian along with their ever increasing cast of characters, from New York, to Florida, to the Caribbean islands as they try to unravel a complex, convoluted, and dangerous international plot. I like the fact that new characters are added as the series develops, just as it would happen in real life and if we loose some along the way, that makes it all the more realistic especially when those characters make only cameo appearances anyway.
I love the writing style of the author and the narration is as always so alive and right on cue, you can just about visualize the characters. I cannot get enough of this series. It has all of the makings of a great bestseller. You just need to listen to these books yourself to see what I mean. Once again, great job Mr. Parr and Mr. Filbrich for your interpretation!!

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-31-18

A Modern Day Sherlock Holmes

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This is the fourth installment in the Mancuso and Father O’Brien series and I couldn’t wait to dive in. Parr has written a world full of craziness that feels real. The character development over the past 3 books has helped make this another home run for him.

The private detectives will have it in for them when they are investigating a live person instead of a murder scene. The daughter of an accountant at a large law firm has gone missing and he didn’t call the cops but Joey and Father first. Things don’t feel right and Mancuso and O’Brien are on their next adventure.

At first, I wasn’t sure how Parr was going to tie in the Antiquities part of this - and he didn’t even need to but it was an interesting turn that I found myself enjoying. It didn’t come into play until later in the book but once it did it helped tie everything together.

Overall, Antiquities shows that Parr has grown as an author. I can’t pinpoint any specific thing that was different but it just felt a little more “mature” which actually sounds terrible as I write it. Don’t get me wrong - the jokes and humor are still there but maybe it was the case type that showed me a different side to Mancuso.

As always, a narrator can make or break a book (and especially a series). Filbrich IS the voice of Joey Mancuso in my head - I hope that Parr and he continue to work together. He narrated this story with heart and I’m glad that I was able to listen to it.

I think that you could read this book without reading any of the other stories but why would you? Binge all four books for a PI hangover like you were drinking all night in the Irish bar that they co-own. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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