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Joey's Case (Mario Balzic Detective Mystery #8)

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Police Chief Mario Balzic has got one hot Italian on his heels. Albert Castelucci wants to straighten some things out about his son's murder. It seems that the investigator Balzic appointed to Castelucci's case made such a mess no jury could convict the killer. Pushing Balzic into losing his temper may just provide the answers Castelucci needs.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Mysterious Press (first published March 1988)
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Sean Brennan
Oct 12, 2015 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it
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In my opinion, the best Balzic story so far, a novel that brings home to the reader, both the absurdity at times off the Law, and the fact that too many people the police are either omnipotent or simply placed on the earth as personal assistants to themselves! Rather Good!
May 14, 2013 Hans rated it really liked it
Mario is forced into making an off-the-books investigation of a botched investigation while dealing with his own personal crisis. This volume is as engaging and complex as the rest of the series.

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Doc, you can't spend time in saloons and not drink. The only people who can do that are bartenders, and most of them can't get through a shift without drinkin' something. Can you imagine bein' in a saloon and not drinkin'? Hell, Doc, there's no--you talk about alcohol being a depr
Oct 12, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this on my way to see one of Bruce Springsteen's final concerts in Giant's Stadium, and the mood of the night was in a magical symmerty with the book. Set in a rough-and-tumble outpost in Western Pennsylvania - clapboard houses, beer-soaked taverns, and dismal civic offices - the book has very much a lived-in, gritty feel, a place inhabited by Springsteen's mythic characters of many of his songs. Balzic is an intriguing protagonist, with a medical condition I've never read of in ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Mario Balzic/Rocksburg series. Another fine entry in the realistic view of the depressed, rust belt town of Rocksburg, PA and its veteran police chief Mario Balzic.

Mario Balzic series - Albert Castelucci nags police chief, Mario Balzic, into checking on the killing of his son Joey. The grieving father believes the state police have bungled badly. When Balzic agrees to investigate unofficially, he hears that Francis Collins, the lover of Joey's wife Rose, had fired the fatal shot to sav
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Carl Constantine Kosak is an American mystery author known for his work as K.C. Constantine. Little is known about Kosak, as he prefers anonymity and has given only a few interviews. He was born in 1934 and served in the Marines in the early 1950s. He lives in Greensburg PA with wife Linda.
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