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Saints of New York by R.J. Ellory
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Sep 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: crime

Another muscular book from Ellory - which works in the same way as the others that I have read by him. You can feel the research dripping off the page.

Frank Parrish is a walking cliche of an alcholic cop, living under his fathers shadow - who closed down the mafia in NYC before his untimely death. He is on probabation and has a dead work partner - the circumstances of his death are not revealed until the end of the book.

He is investigating the deaths of young girls in the current time, interpersed with his psycho analysis sessions. This is the strange part of the book - Parrish starts off bad mouthing and not contributing which then moves on to him telling his back story about his father. Not sure this would have happened - surely, they are there to talk about him and his issues - not the cases that his father worked on. As the book moves on, this part improves.

The rest is what you would expect - although maybe a bit more sensationalist with a snuff movie maker being the crim and Parrish's issues getting resolved for a satisfactory conclusion.

Top thriller writing and a success.

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