Evocative writing, gifted stylist, but o ...more
It was very tedious through the first half of the book. Then I began to keep the characters straight and it became more interesting,, and the individuals became important to me. I kept reading to find out what happens to them all.
It was a very sad story, set against a backdrop of 9/11, and at the end I felt angry with the author, feeling "what was the point?"
I won't be reading any more ...more
Firstly, in a battered post 9/11 New York, around 6 weeks after the collapse of the World Trade Centre Towers, as the city mourns, deals with the shock and life slowly regains a degree of normality.
Secondly, in the suburban environment of Pleasant Hills on Staten Island in the late 1970s, where a group of friends, 4 men, three women, are growing up, forming relationships and, for some at least, finding trouble.
A firemen, Jimmy McCaffery, with a reput ...more
Reporter Harry Randall insinuates that McCafferty was dirty, with ties to organized crime. Then Randall dies in an apparent suicide, which raises the eyebrows of Laura Stone, Randall's lover ...more
The story revolves around the lives of seven friends — three girls and four boys — who grew up together in the community of Pleasant Hills (think Pleasantville as in the movie) on Staten Island. We switch back and forth from their lives and relationships in the late 60's and into the 70's and the "present day" which is the period immediately after 911. One of the boys from the ...more
S.J. Rozen – Standalone
Delacorte Press, 2004 – Hardcover
James McCaffery, a NYFD captain, is one of the fallen heroes of 9/11. But reporter Harry Randell seems to believe James may not have always been so heroic and was involved with a known mobster. When Harry dies of an apparent suicide, a fellow reporter picks up Harry’s leads.
*** Not as much a mystery as a character study, it vacillates between multiple characters and two time periods, which I found tiring a ...more
This tale concerns a group of friends who grew up on Staten Island in the 1970s and mostly takes place in late 2001 in New York just after the attacks on the World Trade Center. I was looking forward to reading it but in the end felt disappointed.
Despite the fact that I've loved and adored Rozan's other books I never really got into the swing of this one and the plot always felt a little clunky and culminated in an ending that seemed very so-so to me. Just didn't seem to be as well written as I...more
I found it a little confusing at first, but then I really got into it. It was like peeling away the sections of an onion. The main secret - who was providing the money to Markie's widow for 18 years, and why - was slowly revealed and kept me off guard until near the end. I felt it was a wonderfully told mystery and kept me riveted all the way ...more
The story goes back and forth between close childhood friends and then to their lives post-9/11/2001. It seemed repe ...more