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Saving Room for Dessert (Mario Balzic Detective Mystery #17)

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For former Air Force veteran and ex-mall security guard William Rayford, making the cut as Rocksburg's first African American cop fulfilled one of his life's ambitions, even though it sometimes still gives him a case of the Steel City Blues. Rayford well-knows this town's dark history of prejudice, but dealing with it is something else. Now, with his fellow officers, Rayfo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 22nd 2002 by Mysterious Press
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Ed
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: law-enforcement
#17 of the Mario Balzic / Rocksburg series. Final novel of the series that featured the depressed fictious Pennsylvania "Rust Belt" town of Rocksburg, with long time police chief Mario Balzic featured in most of the series entries. This final entry is in the post-Balzic era, but features black cop William Rayford, whose abilities were recognized by Balzic and who was recommended by him.
Authoe K.C. Constantine is the long-held pseudonym of recently revealed reclusive writer (Carl Constantine Kosa
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Hans
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the final Rocksburg novel, the point of view expands beyond Balzic and Carlucci to give a more complete glimpse into the lives of three police officers (with a few final cameos from other Rocksburg residents). The focus is on the issues that each of the officers is struggling through and how these issues affect their day-to-day work. Constantine gives voice to his characters is a unique way. I really appreciate what he is doing, but understand other readers will be put off by the lack of "tra ...more
Dan
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery book lovers
Always a master at dialogue, his works read like screenplays. This time focusing on three members of the local police department, we get another glimpse into the cultural/psychological/political idiosyncrasies of human behavior as witnessed in small town contemporary life. The author is an astute observer of how personal and political power struggles can poison the well and make life intolerable. Yet, as usual, the good guys win, if only to fight another day. I've read all of his work and am alw ...more
Virginia Walter
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Mario Balzic has retired as chief of the Rocksburg Police Department, but he is still a mentor to Rayford Williams, the only black cop in this white ethnic town near Pittsburgh. Much as Wambaugh does for the LAPD, Constantine takes us inside the daily work lives of these police officers as they respond to domestic disputes and help old ladies who are locked out of their Toyotas. Rayf is the focus here, dealing with his own issues while he tries to protect and serve. Read it for the characters an ...more
Sara
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This one took a really long time to get going. Lots of lead in before the grist of the plot started moving. Part of the reason I didn't enjoy it that much was because I was expecting a crime novel and this was much more a character study. I enjoyed the last third, but wouldn't recommend it over all.
George
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Novel about three beat policemen in Rocksburg, Pennsylvania. Story deal with their patrol and work trials and tribulations as well as the personal demons each wrestles with. One some what amusing comeupance near the end.
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Rocksburg's first African American cop
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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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