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Lethal Rage

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  10 reviews
“When an organized drug gang starts selling crack dyed black, Division 51 of the Toronto Police gets the brunt of the action, and street cop Jack Warren and his partner face the ugly realities of crime in their city. Verdict: Pilkey, a veteran of Division 51, writes with authority in this first of a planned trilogy. His characters ring true, and the gritty side of Toronto ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by ECW Press
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Vanessa Jaye
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
It was okay. Honestly, I only I kept reading because it was set in Toronto or it would have been DNF'd. In part because I didn't care about any of the characters (main and secondaries), and I didn't get caught up in the mystery such as it was. Also, at some point it felt like all minorities were portrayed in an very unflattering/negative way, with few exceptions.
Teena in Toronto
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
To gain experience, Jack, a young Toronto police officer, has recently transferred downtown to 51 Division, known for its drugs and prostitution. A new crack (Black Crack) has been introduced by a drug dealer who is trying to take over the area. It becomes the mission of the officers of 51 Division to find and stop him.

51 Division is a lot different than what Jack is used to but he's loving it! His wife, Karen, and her parents, though, aren't. Karen thinks 51 Division is too dangerous and wants
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Philip
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok but a bit of a disappointment- I guess from reading the synopsis, some of the reviews and Brent Pilkey's website history of this book my expectations got a bit too high although to get anything out of this book one should read that account on the website and some of Brent Pilkey's personal story before reading Lethal Rage. Just like another reviewer said if it hadn't have been for the setting I don't know if I'd have finished the book, either.
I lived on Sherborne St. a few houses north of Du
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Pat
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What causes a good cop to turn bad? If that line is ever crossed, is it possible to turn back? Do the ends ever justify the means? If a person has never been forced to wrestle with the temptation to cross that line, is that "goodness" or is it simply "good luck"?

These are only a few of the questions that Lethal Rage left me thinking about. It is definitely not your typical police procedural; many police procedurals portray the officers as moral superheros who never face the temptation to tap-dan
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Jennifer Osterman
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Nietzsche Such is the dilemma of Jack Warren, Toronto police officer. Transferred from a division in which his days were filled with parking tickets and misdemeanors to a beat in the part of town where every call is an exercise in survival, Jack feels that he is finally making a difference. However, there are rumors about how Division 51 changes ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
This is not your average police mystery book. It is definitely not police procedural, and shows the dark side of police work.
Set in 51 Division in Toronto, the main character is a recent arrival to the Division, but has been a cop in Toronto fox 6 years. 51 Division is the grittier part of the city though, and Jack takes to it like a duck to water. He feels he is making a difference there.
His wife Karen isn't as happy with the move. She worries about him more and says she doesn't like the change
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Ted
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this authors books. I find his portrayal of the actions of police officers to be a more realistic nature than what is normally written about. He is not afraid to show how the thinking process of a hardened police officer is different from what the public understands. Their actions may seem harsh at times but these officers don't have the luxury to assume that every call is a minor disturbance that can be disarmed easily. The potential for danger literally lurks everywhere and Brent Pilke ...more
Pat
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a hard edged, realistic look at the work real cops do as opposed to fictional ones. Pilkey takes us on a ride along through the worst streets of Toronto, normally known as Toronto the Good. In this cop's world, it's not so good. But it is exciting and provides us nonstop action as we watch Jack Warren go from idealistic cop who works in a low crime area to Division 51 where drug dealers hold more power than the cops where he is in danger of sliding to the dar ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
By looking at the cover, I figured this book to be an on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of story. It wasn't that, but what I did get, I liked.
The story follows the life of a city police officer, and though the author changed the story and calls it fiction, I live close to the city and believe most of the stories are closer to truth. I love the setting in which the author wrote it too. He writes it like a journal entry. That adds a good effect to the story.
Not the most amazing book I ever read, but o
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Mike
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sorry, I won't give an extra star because the book is by a Canadian and the novel set in my hometown. I got through the first third of this book which is basically "A Month in the Life of a Uniformed Cop" interspersed with lots of marital sex description that is unnecessary and boring. Judging by other reviews I suppose something starts happening sometime but I wasn't interested enough to wait around to find out. So, an ignominious end on the DNF pile!
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