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The Lightning Rule: A Novel

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The tale of Detective Martin Emmett as he tracks a killer through the underground tunnels of Newark while the city above erupts in race riots.

Lightning never strikes the same spot twice. Or so the saying goes. But Detective Martin Emmett has stumbled upon an exception to the rule. The year is 1967 and the city of Newark, New Jersey is in the grip of a heat wave, bringing t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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William Cooper
Well stylistically this is one of the better books I've recently read. Set against the backdrop of the race riots in the late 1960s, Emmett's character is entrenched in a battle to solve the murder of a young black teenager found in a subway tunnel. His former and failed pursuit as a priest has given him the humility to face the challenges he faces in the department and the inner city. Block creates a great tension and he crisp and refreshing writing and her omniscient perspective give us insigh ...more
Using riots in Newark, NJ during the '60s as a back drop a story about a serial killer, families and racial relations is told. The protagonist is a former seminarian living in his childhood home with his war injured brother. A family of a sorts is created when the riots traps people in his house, and the story of discovering the murder is engaging, while at some points telegraphed.

At some points it felt like the book was the setup for a series. The characters are there, and I could see them bei
This book was OK. The dynamic of the riot was interesting, as was the relationship between Emmett and his brother. However, the serial killer aspect was a bit contrived and the portions told from the killer's perspective didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the novel. I'd compare this book to a made-for-TV movie; entertaining to pass the time but definitely not mind-stimulating.
This book was a good mix of mystery, history and family. You could relate to the characters and the ending was good.
I couldn't evern finish the book. It was too cliche and was trying to be LA Confidential in a really bad way.
I just couldn't do it; I get more out of reading the nutritional value on a cereal box. No lie.
An outstanding combination of true history and compelling fiction.
Jaime Navarro
Don't read...the end!
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