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The Last Gig (Alessandra Al Martillo Mystery #1)

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A teenage runaway from the Brownsville projects, Alessandra Martillo lived with an indifferent aunt who had taken her in when her mother killed herself, and later, after more than a year on the streets, a caring uncle found her, took her in, and showed her she had a chance.That was many years ago, and now Alessandra’s all grown up, working for a sleazy P.I., repossessing c...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 8th 2008)
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The Last Gig (Minotaur 2009) introduces Alessandra (Al) Martillo, a young woman of Puerto Rican heritage who grew up in the Brownsville projects and the streets of New York City. Rescued from the streets by Tio Bobby, Al is struggling with her Affection Deficit Disorder while working as an assistant to Marty Stiles, an ex-NYPD cop turned PI. An Irish mobster hires Al through Marty to find whoever is setting him up for a fall and Al gets interested in the death of the mobster’s son from a drug ov...more
Jun 09, 2009 Stven rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stven by: library
I hardly ever do this, but with the first few pages I found I just didn't have the patience to go through the routine of being introduced to a snappy new protagonist designed to carry me through a series of investigation books. Here's a chick who knows how to take care of herself, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, is smarter than the world of men will ever give her credit for, drinks Cutty on the rocks, plays pool like a shark, yada yada yada. But instead of just putting the book down and...more
A is what I always wanted Kinsey Millhone to be- stronger, harder, sexier, more issues. More engaged with life than introspective, or skirting its edges. A's skirting is to observe and stay a step of the bad guys. But she'll engage all right- with her foot up their ass! Kinsey is removed emotionally from life to save herself from pain. She's just so pale; no juice. But A, is lush and bold. She leaps in where angels fear to tread and takes her licks for doing it like a warrior. Loved it. And my h...more
Sam Reaves
Al (for Alessandra) Martillo is a Puerto Rican girl from a rough background in New York who works for a slightly shady private security outfit, repossessing cars and catching bartenders with their hand in the till. She's smart, hard as nails and a knockout to boot, but she keeps her distance from men. When an Irish gangster hires her to find out who's betraying him, things get interesting and very, very dangerous. Norman Green is one of my favorite writers; he knows the streets and he knows the...more
Main character a woman and the author is male - but hey he did OK I thought over all - some of her actions maybe a bit over the top but being not from the big city what do I know for sure!!

Will have to try and get more of his!
A strong and interesting lead, not too cliched, and with some original spark. Also a fairly compelling plot with a couple of good twists. Thinking I may be interested in Al Martillo #2.
Intense first of a series - Puerto Rican girl who is like a super woman around NYC area; dark; not sure if I want to continue - you can tell it's written by a man.
A very good thriller with a new heroine who is unlike any other. She's authentic and bad. Good fast read.
The heroine is tough-as-nails, a little over the top, but the story and the characters kept me reading.
I prefer the Al, the heroine, to Stephanie Plum.
Kind of slow/boring.
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Norman Green reports this about himself: "I have always been careful, as Mark Twain advised, not to let schooling interfere with my education. Too careful, maybe. I have been, at various times, a truck driver, a construction worker, a project engineer, a factory rep, and a...more
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