Black sand
William J. Caunitz
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Black sand

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A brutal machine gun massacre at a seaside resort kicks off a deadly hunt for a priceless ancient artifact. And while NYPD detective Teddy Lucas chases searing love and Greek cop Andreas Vassos pursues an obsessive passion, the toughest case of their careers could get them slammed into a New York City sidewalk.
Paperback, 346 pages
Published 1990 by Arrow (first published 1988)
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Major Andreas Vassos, a Greek officer of the Hellenic National Police on vacation at a Greek resort town with his wife and son come upon an assassination attempt on two Greek local policemen. Grabbing one of the downed officers pistol he returns fire and wounds one of the assassins but starts a volley of return fire that kills and wounds a number of civilians. Later investigations reveals that the assassins were Americans and Vassos is sent to New York city to work with Detective Teddy Lucas in...more
Joe White
This had some mystery novel characteristic underpinnings that could have been extended various directions to include connections to ancient history, writing linguistic beginnings, archeological art-world crime, and financial transactions in the art world. However the subject served as a beacon of interest and was then underplayed.

The significant bulk of this book ended up being an earthy cop-novel, that in some places became a little tedious and overdone with police station in-house trivia bein...more
All in all, a passable read, lots of potential, but not quite there. It puts the "procedure" in police procedurals - to the point of listing the specific forms they have to fill out. The Greek connection raised my interest, and the main characters were believable, not just caricatures. However, some of the bad guys were pretty one-dimensional, and there were way too many subordinate characters. All in all, a solid three.
This 1988 novel is the 3rd novel of the NYPD written by Caunitz, an NYPD Lieutenant. Entertaining.

NYPD novel - A machine gun attack at a Greek resort kills two Greek cops and a number of bystanders, including the wife and son of police Major Andreas Vassos. Evidence points to antiquity fraud based in NYC. Vassos is assigned to work with NYPD Lt. Teddy Lucas who is plagued by his own demons.
Sheldon Lehman
A little better than the previous two. It adds elements of what will later be Steve Berry's domain of artifact hunting.
well written. Greek artifact thread made it extra interesting. I was eager to find out what happened to the characters.
Not as good as his 2nd one, but this - the 3rdone - was still a great read!
Readable but not marvellous.
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William J. Caunitz was a New York City Police Department officer who used his own experiences to write best-selling thrillers.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, and working for an insurance company, he joined the NYPD in his twenties. He first worked as a patrolman, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a Lieutenant, followed by an assignment as a detective squad commander...more
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