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This time is personal - very personal. 

Paolo Mancuso was killed in a bar in Little Italy 20 years ago. To this day, his murder has gone unsolved. A cold case the NYPD has not paid much attention to in all these years. Enter Antonino "Tony the Hammer" Falcone, Paolo's best friend and co-Mafia family member. Tony, in his deathbed, reveals to Joey that the Mafia had nothing to do with his dad's murder, something Joey always believed it had. Instead, with his last breath, Tony whispers only three words to Joey - Barcelona, Wetherly, Stevens. 

With just those three words, Joey sets off to Barcelona. Is it justice or revenge Joey seeks? Will he learn things about his dad's past he wished he hadn't? Is Joey about to go up against one of New York's five Mafia families? Will he solve Paolo Mancuso's murder?  

Now retired, Joey Mancuso, a former NYPD homicide detective with the Midtown South Precinct, had looked at the murder book many times during the time he was with the NYPD. Lacking clues and any evidence, he was never able to pursue the perpetrators responsible for his father's death. Currently a licensed private detective in New York City and half-owner of an Irish Pub in New York's Financial District with his half-brother, Father Dominic O'Brian, the pastor at Saint Helen's Catholic Church in Brooklyn, also a licensed private detective, they set out to solve the murder of Paolo Mancuso. 

The brothers Mancuso and O'Brian have been called by the New York press "The Last Advocates of the Victims" for the relentless pursuit of the perpetrators they exemplified in their last cases, working as consultants for the NYPD or as investigators for criminal law firms. But this time is personal - very personal. And Joey's determination in solving this case, his dad's unsolved murder, could make him do things outside the bounds of justice. Is it justice or revenge he seeks?

©2018 Owen Parr (P)2018 Owen Parr

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I Must Read More From this Author

This is the first of me reading a book from Owen Parr, however, this thriller mystery had me on my toes wondering what would happen next. I am most certain that his other books must also be this fabulous!. The narration made this such an easy listen to, where each voice, including the women, you could tell who they were. The quality was fabulously done, which made the book that much better. This book will have you scratching your head that the little twist within it. Enjoy!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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The Series Just Keeps Getting Better

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

Another exceptional chapter in this remarkable series, this book will give you not one but two solved mysteries by the very likable New Yorker PI and his cast of fantastic characters. In an international chase to discover who's responsible for the death of his father Paolo, Joey becomes embroiled in a second murder mystery, which he's able to easily solve. Then it's back to Barcelona, New York, Casablanca, with stops here and there, until he can finally unravel the mystery of his father's death. Mystery solved and justice done. Now Joey can finally put closure to a traumatic period of his life and look forward to a future more promising than ever.
At the end of the book the author offers a sample of a second upcoming series, which promises to be as interesting as this one. I was so glad however to hear that this is not the end of Joey's and Father O'Brian's adventures... I would have missed them for sure otherwise.
What an exceptional writer is Mr. Parr... Looking forward to the new series and the continuation of this one. You must add this series to your reading list if you have not done so already. Better yet, listen to the audiobooks. As always Fred Filbrich's narration elevated the enjoyment of the story. What a match!

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 10-23-18

Great mystery

sometimes with these books i always feel like the killer was obvious. as i was reading this book there were no red flags that set off in my head which i think is a very positive thing. don't want to give away too miuch but i recommend this book.

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Gripping detective tale

The Murder of Paolo Mancuso. The best in the series so far, though I suspect Mr Parr will surpass this in future novels.
Well written and beautifully crafted detective mystery. 5* says all I need to say.
A great read/listen thoroughly entertaining and grabs you in the first chapter and never lets you go.
This audiobook is a great holiday gift for anyone who enjoys mystery/ detective novels.
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I love this series!

What a great addition to the series. This book picks up shortly after the previous book in the series and with new information indicating it wasn't a mafia hit as he previously though he begins investigating what did happen. With more twists than a formula one racetrack this book took me on quite a journey.

I love the characters in these books, even having missed reading some of the series the characters still come a live in each book, their personalities and their opinions shine through and it just gets better with every new book in the series.

I never guess how these books will end and this one was no exceptions, and yet, I can always understand how all the clues planted throughout the book lead to the outcome.

Skillfully planned and beautifully written this books pages would turn themselves if I wasn't listening to the audio version.

Which leads me to the narration, naturally phrased, smooth and engaging the delivery was excellent. The character voices are beautifully done, clear, gender specific and easily recognizable.

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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the proper way to write mystery

it's not the first book for this author I read or heard but I think by far it is one of the best I did love the type of the writing of this author I can't make any spoilers and I really don't want you because this book is very good but I do think that the ending is surprising and I read a lot of Mystery and the fact that the author could surprise you so Groot was absolutely amazing
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Owen Parr at his Best !!

 No spoilers here but suffice it to say I was totally suprised with the ending, and sad that it was over .. no disappointing with This high octane thriller.. Warning start reading early because it's totally engading and hard to put down... This is not my first from this author and won’t be my last.

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  • Jan M
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  • 10-02-18

Great Mystery! Great Narration!

I really enjoyed this book by Owen Parr featuring both Joey Mancuso and Father O'Brian. I loved the twists the book took. The author incorporated an old murder with a new mystery, exotic locations, and some endearing characters. I thought this story might be my favorite by the author. Fred Filbrich did a great performance with this book. I could hear who was speaking. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, I loved how the author tied things up with the ending.

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Fantastic!

I loved this book. It was provided to me as a free copy but I was not Obligated to leave a review.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-26-18

Three Mysteries In One (Parr's Best Yet)

I was not expecting to get three stories in one. I really was expecting to get the "vendetta-like" search for his fathers killer.  Not a complex interweaving story that is as intricate as it is enjoyable.

This has almost everything you could imagine. Mafia stories, people end up dead, crazy and atypical murder weapons and a cold case over 20 years old.  Also, a former cop who is the Last Advocate of the victim trying to solve it all while also solving his father's murder.

I couldn't put this book down.  I loved every minute of it.  It was both similar to and slightly different from the other books in this series because it was so close to home for Mancuso.  I got to see some of his more sneaky tactics along with following him to more exotic locations.

Parr was also able to throw some slight romance and tossed in a little "self-realization" by Mancuso that really topped his character off.  Mancuso's arc could be complete with this story but I hope that it isn't.  They are just such a fun duo trying to solve crimes that normal people (and even the cops) can't seem to crack.

Overall, it might be my favorite Mancuso and Father O'Brian story yet.  And I think that anyone who has enjoyed the series until now will love this one. I requested a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way.

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