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Hard Hard City (Terry Orr #4)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
At his daughter's request, P.I. Terry Orr searches for a gifted teenage boy who has disappeared only to meet with unexpected violence and unexpected realizations about himself, his past, and his own relationship with his daughter.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley (first published September 23rd 2004)
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Rosina Lippi
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book caught my attention walking through a bookstore. So I’m looking at is, reading the jacket copy, and wondering how I have missed this author and this series, because it’s got three things that I really like: a thoughtful, troubled, not always likeable main character (Terry Orr, an author turned private investigator); it’s set in modern day Manhattan — and not an idealized Manhattan, either; and there’s an extended cast of wonderful, very vivid characters.

Hard, Hard City is already the f
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Perry Whitford
Terry Orr is a New York detective who has recently handed in his license after the tragic death of his wife and son. His wife had been unfaithful to him to an unknown man for unknown reasons, and Orr's pursuit of the answers had led to the disfigurement and institutionalization of an innocent man.

Orr, who has independent wealth through various investments and the royalties from a best seller, lives on in the aftermath of these events with his talented teenage daughter, still obsessing over his
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LJ
HARD, HARD CITY (Private Investigator-New York-Cont) – Ok
Fusilli, Jim – 4th in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 2005- Paperback
PI Terry Orr's daughter, Bella, has asked him to find a talented teenager, Allie Powell, who is missing from the home of John McPorter, a family friend, along with $471 and some documents. When Terry goes to the boy's hometown in New Jersey he is first beaten and then nearly killed when his car is forced off the road.
*** The underlying plot in this story is one of family rel
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Bookmarks Magazine

The multi-talented Fusilli, a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and NPR, is just as gifted at creating his own work as he is at dissecting that of others. With Hard, Hard City, Fusilli brings back Terry Orr, last seen in 2003's Tribeca Blues. Critics praise the nuance with which Fusilli imbues Orr__the character is layered like a human being, not a pulpy gumshoe__and the accuracy with which he captures New York City's dark underbelly. A few blanch at the plot's twists and turns, however,

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Peacejanz
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
Reviewers wrote that this was a great mystery. It is not. It is a bit of a mystery but it is mostly about the lead character whining to himself; am I good enough? did I say something wrong? when I said something wrong, was anyone hurt? Maybe that is what the writer wanted - a complete self-analysis from a biased view. The lead character makes so many mistakes and others rescue him at the last minute. I hope this is not a spoiler -- but you should know ---- just as a big brute is going to shot hi ...more
Jordan McPeek
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, box-2
More plot, less about the private eye's family troubles. I can appreciate the extended cast of characters, and how the various relationship issues make for richer characterization, but it doesn't make me want to turn the page. It didn't help that I had two books on the go over the same couple weeks: this one in print and an audiobook of Walter Mosley's The Long Fall. Both are similar in that they're about private eyes in New York, heavy on the character development, not so much on plot. Since I ...more
Andrew
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Don't know what lead me to this, but I remember being disappointed. Couldn't wait to finish it and move on to something else...Sorry, can't recommend it..Probably a style thing.
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Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
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