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14 Peck Slip

(Ryan & Gregory #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Veteran detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory conduct an explosive investigation into the darkest depths of corruption and murder in this acclaimed debut thriller from NYPD veteran Ed Dee. 14 Peck Slip was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and has nearly 160,000 hardcover and paperback copies in print combined.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 31st 1995 by Warner Books (NY) (first published July 1st 1994)
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Aug 26, 2016 added it
An award-winning first novel by a retired New York City cop, 14 PECK SLIP starts out a bit slow but turns out in the end to be a superb piece of crime fiction. The writing style is strong and occasionally poetic but not flashy, reminiscent perhaps of Lawrence Block meets Donald Westlake.

I had avoided this title in spite of some recommendations because I'm generally not a huge fan of police stories or procedurals. 14 PECK SLIP is a missing persons story that ends up being a murder mystery, but
Alton Motobu
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard-boiled police detective drama with a couple of unlikable NYPD cops - Gregory is a lousy cop, and Ryan is a lousy husband. Using unorthodox procedures and possible criminal methods, they investigate the murder of another unlikable cop who disappeared 10 years ago. They solve the crime, which would have been better left unsolved since many skeletons and dirty laundry are unearthed. Try Ed McBain's 87th precinct mysteries for better cops and legal police procedures. First half of book takes ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this, so I stopped on the 13th chapter.
Pamela Mclaren
In this debut book by Ed Dee, two New York Police detectives investigating mob activities, following one barrel dumped into the East River, find another with the body of one of their own. The victim who was soon to be charged with various bribery charges had been missing for 10 years. And now the two must find out what happened to the man everyone thought had gotten away.

An interesting police procedural with two likable characters, Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory, two men coming close to 20 years
Joshua Emil
First in the series of the unstoppable duo of Anthony Ryan and Joseph Gregory, I have read books two and three. I really thought that I might not recover the first book. Bless my luck, I finally found it.

Although I haven't read it chronologically, I think that Bronx Angel is better than 14 Peck Slip. But nevertheless, both showed realism and true police work. Kudos to the police experience of Ed Dee, a former New York's Finest detective.

So, 14 Peck Slip is the story of a former missing
Dee, Ed - 1st in series

In 1982, while on a stakeout, detectives Joe Gregory and Anthony Ryan see a group of neighborhood enforcers dump a white barrel into Manhattan's East River. The divers who are sent to retrieve it find the wrong barrel, which happens to contain the body of Jinx Mulgrew, a detective who disappeared during an investigation of police corruption ten years before. Gregory and Ryan set about piecing together the fragments of this elaborate puzzle.

The story is
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005-reads
OCCUPATION: Police detective
SERIES: #1 of 4
SUMMARY: Ryan and his partner see a mob type guy dropping a barrel into the river. They're pretty sure it's not full of fish. A different barrel is retrieved by the police with a body in it. Police corruption going back years is uncovered. Excellent plotting, characterization, setting and great writing get this series off to an auspicious start.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This cop mystery from the 80s was pretty good. It was not my normal style of mystery (which is why it only gets three stars), but I can recognize how good it is. There is a lot of humor in the book and the cop characters feel very real in their actions and their their speech. It was also nice to get insight into how hard it is for police to manage work and family.
Jannell Wells
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written cop/detective book based in NY. Enjoyed the characters, mobsters, and dirty cops. Never would have anticipated the ending. Good suspense!
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AKA Edward Dee

Graduated from Sacred Heart High School, then served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1962 he joined the NYPD and spent nine years in uniform in South Bronx precincts; the last 11 years of his career he supervised detectives in the Organized Crime Control Bureau. While working the streets he earned a BA from Fordham University.

Ed retired from the NYPD as a lieutenant. Then, answering a

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