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Codes of Betrayal

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Nick O'Hara is a half Irish, half Italian cop. All his life he's played it straight, despite his mafia don grandfather's influence. But one day, in an alley between Little Italy and Chinatown, his child is killed -- caught in the line of mob fire. Nick knows who's responsible, but his hands are tied. In a story filled with intense drama and fiendish complication, Dorothy ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1st 1997)
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Col
Apr 02, 2014 Col rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Synopsis/blurb…….

Codes of Betrayal is a drama of double cross and triple jeopardy. At it's center is Nick O'Hara, an NYPD member whose shifting family loyalties will ultimately force him to confront his deepest notions of honor, loyalty, and justice. The son of an Irish father and an Italian mother, Nick O'Hara has always been a loyal cop. His relationship with his grandfather, Mafia boss Nicholas Ventura, has been an albatross, but never an issue. Then, in a moment of carelessness, he sends his
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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Masterfully written – I expect no less from Ms Uhnak.

This is a narrative of complex plotting, of secrets, lies and crime. This is a spotlight on The Mob; the narrative begins in 1960’s in the USA and relates to repercussions of a violent incident that spreads its dirty, grubby fingers into relationships thirty years on .This is ultimately a novel about power, influence, corruption, relationships and honour that asks the question, “no matter whose shoes you wear how do you lead an honoura
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Dale
Feb 23, 2013 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What's the point? There's better stuff out there.

Codes of Betrayal is about betrayal (thus, the title) and family and it ultimately left this listener (I heard it as an audiobook, narrated by Bruce Weitz of 'Hill Street Blues' fame) wondering what the point of the novel was. Nick O'Hara, our protagonist and NYPD detective, is upset when he discovers that his grandfather on his mother's side ordered the killing of his father when he was a boy and was obliquely responsible for the death of his s
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Pam
Oct 20, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ivillage mystery/suspense "U" choice. NYC, Mafia. Trust no one, betray all. Nick O'Hara cop brought up by Uncle Frank since his father was killed, but still has a relationship w/ grandfather "PaPa" Nicholas Ventura.
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Books about gambling and mobsters make me nervous, fidgety. Stayed up way too late last night reading because I couldn't sleep with all the images floating around in my head.
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Uhnak's debut book, The Bait (1968), received a 1969 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel (in a tie with E. Richard Johnson's Silver Street). The Bait was also made into a 1973 made-for-television film of the same title. It was followed by The Witness and The Ledger, which was adapted for the TV-movie and series Get Christie Love! starring Teresa Graves. All three ...more
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