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Deadly Lullaby

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  25 reviews
For readers of Harlan Coben and Robert Crais, Robert McClure’s rollicking crime novel of family and felony takes readers on a relentless thrill ride through the L.A. underworld.
Fresh off a nine-year stint in San Quentin, career hitman Babe Crucci plans to finally go straight and enjoy all life has to offer—after he pulls one or two more jobs to shore up his retirement fu
ebook, 383 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Alibi
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Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
This book started out kind of slow for me but it didn't take long for it to get better. Poor father and poor son. Father just wanted his son to like him and son just wanted his dad to have been there for him. They have a lot of stuff to get through. Meanwhile, the dad has just got out of jail and he's got some things he's got to do right before he can retire. The first thing he does right after he gets out is kill the guy who is threatening to break his sons legs for the gambling debts h
Kathie McClure
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who love crime thrillers
This is a fast paced, gripping novel about a father, a hit man just released from prison, who seeks to reunite with his son, an investigative cop on the L.A. police force. The father seems to really want to stop his life of crime while his son is fighting the "bad boy" genes he inherited from his father and needs a favor from his father. His father, doing only what a father who loves his son would do, helps him out, which leads to a power struggle in the underworld that keeps the plot suspensefu ...more
Jay Williams
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The elements of the LA underworld provide a backdrop for an amazing story of the developing relationship between a son and his father. The father is a street thug just out of prison and the son is a hard-working detective on the LA Police force. This is the best book I have read recently. The gritty, gory action opens the door to an understanding of the humanity of those involved. The characters are consistent and understandable. The action continues in nerve-pounding waves to make the book both ...more
Geryl D Gilbert
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book you can't refuse!

While police thrillers are not normally what I read, I could not put the book down . It was captivating from the very beginning . If you like police thrillers especially those that have a twist and a lot of hard packed action, I recommend you read this book. I can also easily see this book being turned into a movie.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The author, who appears to be new to the crime novel scene, really knows how to mix crime , humor, and violence. Though the plot is a little far fetched, it's a fun, quick read by a good new author. ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
An exciting thriller a mix of crime and family..Very enjoyable,
Mike Wathen
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Very action oriented and the characters were well developed. Kept me interested throughout. I hope he writes more real soon!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
"Deadly Lullaby", by Robert McClure follows recently released ex-con, Babe as he's working on retiring from the mob, he just has a couple of "jobs" left to do. The book also follows the rocky relationship with his estranged son, whom had a very challenging childhood with a mobster father and a detached mother. To make things even more challenging, said son "Leo" is a cop, who plays both sides between being in the "business" himself and trying to stay clean. I had a couple of problems with this b ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where the Godfather meets Mr. Goodfellas who meets the The Departed

If you are a crime thriller movie buff, you will see all three in this action packed crime thriller. Babe Crucci is now free from prison and hopes a relationship of father/son who goes to bars for a drink and end up at the baseball stadium to watch a ball game. However, this is no regular father/son relationship. The father a well-known criminal and the son an up and coming detective for the Los Angles force can be a difficult
patrick Lorelli
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-suspense
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and the characters and story line made for a quick read as well. It starts off with Babe Currci getting out of San Quentin after doing a nine years. Meeting with his son who now works for the LAPD as a detective, Babe wants to try to make up for lost time with Leo, and throughout the book wants to take him to a Dodger game. But for Babe there is more to him than meets the eye and though he says he is retired is he really? Leo needs help with gett ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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In Deadly Lullaby, a father and son have a lot of issues to go through before they can make amends. Babe Crucci has just been released from prison. He used to be a professional hitman, but now he just wants to make up with his estranged son, Leo. Unfortunately that doesn’t go as easily as he hoped, especially not since Leo is a LAPD detective and doesn’t want anything to do with his father’s past.

Leo isn’t all rainbow
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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I liked the lukewarm turbulent relationship between Babe and Leo. These two are more alike than they realize despite the different paths chosen. Their troubled relationship feels realistic considering their family history of high dysfunctionality. A game of hide and seek basically describes their current interaction. Plenty of action, risk and suspense will keep you turning the pages. A few surprises kick the narrative into high gear, the c
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about family dysfunction at it’s height between a father and his son and not in the usual non-criminal way. It’s humorous with a little violence and crime thrown in but in a good way if there is ever a good way for anyone to commit a crime. The father a professional hit man newly released from prison wants to insure his senior years are easy so he plans on doing a couple of jobs to make that happen. His estranged son who is a policeman has a few demons of his own and the two are at ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This is more the tale of a very dysfunctional father and son than a mystery. The father was just released from prison where he had spent a major portion of his adult life. When he was not imprisoned, he was an enforcer for variety of gangsters. The son is an LAPD detective. There is tons of action and violence but I thought that was secondary to the familial interaction. These people were tough and did not particularly hold any particular value in human life. All in all, it was complex and somet ...more
Review: DEADLY LULLABY by Robert McClure

DEADLY is the key word when operating in the Los Angeles underworld. You won't see any pretty side of the vast city here. Instead, it's  all grit and gore, seamy underbelly and crime, crime, crime. The moral lesson here might be: "if you did the time, be smart: no more crime." even a clever criminal's luck will run out. The publisher recommends this for readers of Harlan Coben and Robert Crais. My suggestion is:  for fans of  the down-and-dirty, impossibly
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle, netgalley
I received this arc from Netgalley.

Although this is the first book that I have read by this author, it will definitely not be the last. A truly great read that I had a hard time putting down. Solid thriller that delivers.

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Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great page turner. Love the LA setting. Give it a try and you will be happy.
Lucy Siskova
Líbil se mi příběh, líbila se mi ta ironie ve vztahu otce a syna. Jasně, že chytré momenty střídaly nudné pasáže, ale i tak jsem si to užila. Hlavně na posledních stranách jsem říkala, ať mě nikdo neruší od čtení.
Mark Wilson
Good hard-boiled tale

Babe Crucci is an ex-con and hitman; Leo Crucci is a cop - and Babe's son. Violence and crime swirl around them in this gripping novel. Well done.
Kimber Wheaton
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Deadly Lullaby was a bit of a departure from my normal fare, and it was a really nice change of pace.

What I liked:
The relationship between Leo and Babe- Mr. McClure managed a rather realistic relationship between two people who though chose different paths, are also quite similar deep down. Loved the dysfunctional relationship dynamics.
The action- Lots of high-stakes, intriguing action made this novel a real page-turner.

Moja prva mafianska kniha. Zo zaciatku som mala problem s tymi castymi nadavkami, drsnym slovnikom a praktikami. Kniha sa citala lahko a zaujimave bolo sledovat pribeh z dvoch pohladov - z pohladu otca stareho mafiana, ktory sa po x rokoch stravenych vo vazeni vracia spat do normalneho zivota a z pohladu syna, ktory sa na truc vydal v opacnych slapajach ako jeho otec a je jednou z vychadzajucich hviezdiciek policie. V knihe by som vsak privitala trosku zaujimavejsiu zapletku a rozuzlenie aby
Scott Parsons
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
A book about a father Babe who is a contract killer just released from prison and a son Leo who is a cop operating on the edge. Babe takes care of Leo's death quickly in a very cruel manner and wants to take his son to the ball game. But a lot of crime and violence ensues and Babe is in the middle of it, not necessarily willingly. ...more
Kristína Žilíková
chcela som nazrieť do mafiánskeho sveta, už nechcem. veľa nadávok a hrubého správania, ktoré mi chvíľami prišlo akési nasilu (neviem, či je za tým tento príbeh alebo celkovo táto tématika). téma nešťastného vzťahu otca a syna bola ale dostatočne pútavá, aj keď v kontexte zabíjania a vykrý, not great not terrible, jedna z mála kníh, čo tento rok posúvam ďalej
Kathleen Gray
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and fast paced read- thanks NETGALLEY. Agree with the other reviewers that this is as much a story of family as it is of crime. The humor is a well addition. I look forward to more from McClure.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well written with suspense. Couldn't put book down. Plus Author is from local city Louisville, KY. Very nice gentleman glad to have met in person.
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Robert McClure read pulp fiction as a kid when he should have been studying, but ultimately cracked down enough to obtain a bachelor’s in criminology from Murray State University and a law degree from the University of Louisville. He is now an attorney and crime fiction writer who lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.

His story “My Son” appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, and he has

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