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3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Her name is Rachel. Married, divorced. Two kids, endless expenses, like those private school tuition bills. In New York City. It’s not been easy, but Rachel’s been making ends meet, barely, between her pimp and the escort service. And recently a Russian mobster with big bucks and bad ideas.

Some crimes cry for vengeance, like the one that washes Rachel Wilson up on a beach,
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Pegasus Books
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May 11, 2014 J.D. rated it it was amazing
I love Charlie Stella's work, and this is one of his absolute best. It's a dark, bloody tale of a former call girl marked for death by the Russian mob after the brutal snuff-film murder of her best friend. Great characters (the Russian detective was my favorite); direct, no-nonsense prose; and a fast moving story make this a great read. Highly recommended.
Sep 29, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mafia, kindle, read_2013
Read the full review post on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

Rachel Wilson is a single mother putting her kids through school and food on the table the only way she knows how - hooking. Agnes Lynn, her best friend, is temping as a lackey to a sleaze lawyer having given up the life. Now in their thirties, the two women find themselves as different ends of the social spectrum.

When Rachel tells Agnes of a big money play she's about to make, Agnes tries to talk her out of it. Even
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Sep 14, 2009 Kit Fox rated it it was ok
Really wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I would be. Sure, the climax was pretty fast-paced with decent amounts o' gunplay, but I couldn't get over how dated some of the dialogue seemed. When was the last time you remember hearing one woman say to another "You go, girl"? Maybe it's a New York thing... The Russian bad guys were pretty cookie cutter too. The author's research into the Russian Mafia didn't seem to go beyond a couple of google searches and a viewing of Eastern Promises. Aga ...more
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Aug 11, 2015 alexander silagin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Time wasted

Starts okay but then goes downhill pretty fast. I couldn't even get to the middle of the book and I really tried. Chopped up plot, characters are not believable, poorly written. Total waste of time and money.
Jun 01, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book. Read it in two days, so it was fast paced. Not real deep, fairly linear single plot. A decent beach read.
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Carmelo Stella is an author long familiar with the street life of New York City, which figures substantially in his writing. His work includes plays, performed off-off-Broadway, his debut novel called Eddie's World and Jimmy Bench-press, also published by Hale. He lives in New Jersey.
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