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Dark Harbour

(Scott Finn #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,197 ratings  ·  123 reviews
"Scott Finn has worked his ay out of Boston's toughest neighbourhood to become a rising star in the city's most elite law firm. But his fortunes changed one night when the body of his closest colleague, Natalie Caldwell, was found floating in Boston harbour - her heart surgically removed from her chest.

Natalie appears to be the seventh victim of 'Little Jack', the Jack-the
Paperback, 420 pages
Published 2010 by Pan Books (first published May 31st 2005)
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
First, grab some stock mystery characters off the shelf - a serial killer nick-named Little Jack, (as in Ripper), who has some "religious" issues. Then, add a drop dead gorgeous female homicide detective with an aging "seen it all" partner. Finally mix in a "street tough" ruggedly handsome, up and coming attorney who takes it upon himself to pursue "Little Jack" when his law partner/old flame is brutally murdered, (much in the same manner as Little Jack's previous prostitute victims).

For some sp
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally, Hosp's clumsiness with key details--and the attempt to drop red herrings--are obvious and telegraph the reader that s/he is being manipulated. The inclusion of too-helpful friends and colleagues, along with Finn's own loose lips about crucial information, are the marks of an inexperienced author trying to control outcomes. Hosp does not have the literary flair or style of Lehane, but this Boston mystery, overall, is exciting, well-paced and clever, ideal for the beach, and great fu ...more
Betty BoomBa
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: het-crime, dnf
This hardback is a disappointment. The cover is great though, it grabs the attention

I had to skim most of what I read. I just could not get into the story at all. Nor could I get into the characters. It might be a brilliant plot, in the end, but life's too short to wade through a book that does not grab the reader. Especially when there are so many other stories waiting to be read.

A long preface is never a good thing. Although blowing up a train sounded wonderful, if wordy.
we meet a bunch of ch
Andy Scattergood
This was a book that I was 'forced' to read through my monthly readers group and managed to get through it in two days whilst on holiday. Not a book I would have picked up through choice and starts, develops and ends as you would imagine for a book of this kind. Relatively straight forward plot which actually helps rather than hinders it. Dark Harbour is a but like watching a soap opera, it's fine from time to time but I wouldn't want to do it every night
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, but predictable. Dark Harbor takes place in the gritty Boston of Dennis Lehane, with all the sense of depth and conspiracy of James Ellroy. Throw some Grisham into the equation and this is the novel that remains. In fact, there are too many elements that seem familiar; however, David Hosp keeps the plot moving and seamlessly ties together all the characters and events, so it never drags or seems repetitive.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this first novel by David Hosp. There were some cliche types of things scattered among the really good writing but the bottom line is that I cared about many of the characters, and that's one of my key measures of whether I like a book or not. I believe David Hosp had a bright future ad a writer and he just might give Grisham a run for his money in the legal thriller genre.
Jose Ramirez
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read! The characters are richly developed early on and the various twists and turns were well done and not always predictable,
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I really enjoyed the authors writing style, and his portrayal of the characters. The story kept me engaged from beginning to end!
Darlene Grant
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Fast paced and a kick ass chic.
Amy Ingalls
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this book. I was able to figure out who the killer was well before the reveal but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. I liked the character of Kozlowski-- I thought he was funny. I would read more in this series.
Kunal Bhattacharya
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Don’t see what you see; don’t hear what you hear. And if you’re asked, say you don’t know.” Follow this maxim in order to survive in the brutal neighbourhood of Charlestown, Boston, infamous for its mob presence. Scott Finn, who spent his youth on the streets of this violent quarter of Boston, got out to live a ‘normal’ life; and worked his way up to become a successful lawyer in the most elite law firm of Boston. Six years later he shockingly realized that the aphorism that was germane to his ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jim Puskas
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, noir
This is the first of a series about Boston-based lawyer Scott Finn and his circle of friends, clients and enemies. At this point, he's a fast-rising associate in a big, pricy law firm although based on his background, he doesn't fit the usual ivy league pattern. In the course of his adventure, he first meets Kozlowski, who reappears as an important character in the later books. It's a somewhat formulaic crime story, beginning with a murder, incorporating some of the usual stock characters; but i ...more
Jigar Doshi
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman, Natalie, is murdered and is considered to be the 7th victim of a serial killer. Investigations into the case show that there is much more to it than it meets the eye.
Scott Finn, the lawyer and the friend of the deceased who was last seen with her before her murder, becomes the prime suspect.
There is also underworld connection here. Finn has to not only save himself but also find out who murdered Natalie and why!

Amazing book. A total page-turner. Full of suspense and mystery. Fast-paced
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this is the first novel by David Hosp. It is rather good, though it is one of those where the hero ends up getting beaten to a pulp twice. How do these characters survive such treatment. Scott Finn has worked his way up from squalid beginnings to being a lawyer at a good firm with an excellent wardrobe. THere is a serial killer named Little Jack, who did NOT kill Scott's one time lover, Natalie Caldwell. Finn determines that after an interview with the serial killer. Someone who IS intereste ...more
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in the series by the author of "Among Thieves," the recent mystery about the Gardner Heist. I went back and read it because I was interested in the characters; the fact that the series is set in Boston was also a factor. The first one is good; I figured out who the "bad guy" was probably earlier than the author wanted me to but I read so much that this isn't necessarily that bad. Having read "Among Thieves" I have seen how the author's writing develops and plan to read numbers ...more
Ruth Wahtera
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery lover
Recommended to Ruth by: Audible staff recommendation
Shelves: audible-download
I couldn't believe this was David Hosp's first book! This was engrossing from start to finish. Complicated characters, serial murders, hero suspected of murdering his best friend/ex-lover, Massachusetts politics. Great escapism. I had a new theory every chapter or so.

Was it perfect? No. But well worth the time invested. And quite impressive for a first book. I expect great things from David Hosp.
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller read. The story of power attorney Scott Finn who becomes a murder suspect when his rising star co-worker and former lover Natalie is found dead in the Boston Harbour. Wanted by the police and the Irish mob Scoot tries to find answers to Natalie’s death. Was she murdered by the serial killer Little Jack? Or was something far worse going on? Scott also finds himself strangely attracted to the very detective that is trying to put him away for murder - Linda Flaherty.
Dark Harbor is a little out of my element. I'm not that crazy about cop thrillers, but it was definitely interesting and Hosp a talented writer.

The plot goes in directions you don't expect, but some of the elements were a little bit cliche (which is why I suspect I'm not crazy about cop dramas).

However, Finn and Flaherty both are likeable although maybe not as well realized as they should and could have been over a book this length.

D.E. Heil
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Hosp's various novels and this, being the first, sets the stage in a graphic way, and that is what really grabbed me. I can understand the dark world that is depicted in this book and can understand the emotional turmoil created by a person trying to leave that world but being continually drawn back into it. Over all, this was a well done book.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. This was well plotted and highly entertaining. It was well written and fun. The part that I was irritated about is how all of the women are described in relation to how attractive they are to the male characters. I hope that this improves as the series continues.
Dianna Shimizu
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I've never read anything by this author before, but this was an excellent thriller based in Boston on a serial killer fashioned after Jack the Ripper.
David Hosp writes a solid thriller about Scott Finn, a Boston lawyer who grew up in a tough neighborhood, and gets immersed with a serial murderer and a related murder of his ex-lover. On the plus side, the characters are interesting and the dialogue is good, if uninspiring. The backstory is good, and the appearance of Whitey Bulger (he shows up in other Hosp books) combined with the description of Irish gang presence in Boston is a definite plus. The plot moves at a good pace. The negative side ...more
Ika Nuutinen
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic storytelling with believable characters and storyline. Packed with action, interesting turns and attention keeping storyline.
This is the first book i have read from Hops, but i have to say he totally exceeded my expectations. After getting the first 50-100 pages in there was no stopping. Read all 400+ pages in basically one sitting and i don't regret it a bit. The story grabbed me with it and there was no going back until the last page was turned.
Definietly one of my favourite autho
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audio version was great for our ride to Kentucky. It kept us wanting more.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is a trial lawyer from Boston, who writes his novels while commuting on the city’s cross-harbour ferry. He also does some pro bono work defending wrongly convicted individuals – ideal material for an author, clearly.

And here he has a woman who has been unfairly prosecuted by the army despite her exemplary service. Cianna Phelan is now on probation after a tour of duty in Afghanistan that ended in a prison sentence. Her routine job helping other parolees stay on the straight and narrow
Edward Trujillo
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I read this because it is set in Boston and I plan on visiting there some day. I think the resolution of the I'd of the serial killer ce too early in the book. The technique of listening to the serial killer rant/chant is often used by various authors in this kind of sub-genre and , I feel, perhaps more could have been devoted to this; that is, perhaps we could have met the "psycho" earlier in his killings, making itoreaabre
I liked the feel good ending; but I would like to see mote of the heroin
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was ok. Like any other thriller, with its twist and turns. What I liked was that the story had already begun before the book starts. So there was no time wasted in getting to the central theme. However, the first suspense gets solved way too easily. its like the author somehow lost the steam to continue with the first part of the suspense and decided to end it quickly. The other half was better but there were several time wasting tactics employed by the characters that irritated me. So, ...more
Cora Judd
kinda, sorta.... A good enough story but a perfectly repugnant, utterly superfluous torture/murder scene that sticks out in my mind like a very sore thumb as I recall the book. It didn't ring true and I'm offended as a reader that I was expected to buy in. If you're discriminating to any degree about what goes into your brain, you may want to do a little more research before choosing Dark Harbor. Some reviewers claim the outcome was too easily predicted, however, I was surprised at who the perps ...more
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