Saints of New York

Saints of New York

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The death of a young heroin dealer causes no great concern for NYPD Detective Frank Parrish - Danny Lange is just another casualty of the drug war. But when Danny's teenage sister winds up dead, questions are raised that have no clear answers. Parrish, already under investigation by Internal Affairs for repeatedly challenging his superiors, is committed to daily interviews with a Police Department counsellor. As the homicides continue - and a disturbing pattern emerges - Frank tries desperately to make some sense of the deaths, while battling with his own demons.

Trying to live up to the reputation of his father, John - not only a legendary NYPD detective, but also one of the original 'Saints of New York' - the men charged with the responsibility of ridding New York of the final vestiges of Mafia control in the 1980s - Parrish struggles to come to terms with the broken pieces of his own life. But, as the murders escalate, he must discover the truth behind them before there are further innocent victims.

Dark and intense, Saints of New York is a novel of corruption and redemption, of the relentless persistence required to find the truth, and of one man's search for meaning amidst the ghosts of his own conscience.
Publisher: London : Orion, 2010.
ISBN: 9781409104742
1409104745
9781409104759
1409104753
Branch Call Number: ELLOR
Characteristics: 452 p.

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seeker472
Sep 20, 2017

Good story. His cops use a lot of English expressions. Unusual for New York cops.

athompson10 Apr 29, 2017

Not this author's best. VERY talky and slow moving for what should be a fast-paced police "thriller".

brooklyn_4 Apr 05, 2017

I can't get enough of this book. This is some of the finest crime fiction I've come across in a long long time. The plot is amazing. The insight into Detective Parrish's psyche is a classic foray into the mind of a homicide detective who's been on the job for a long time...He breaks every rule on the books but he's brilliant. Just what I would suspect a good dick would be.
The history of the growth of the corruption in every aspect of commerce in NYC and the players involved in it is amazing. I remember hearing about the Lufthansa heist at JFK back when I was much younger. The fictional account of it and the mob and the story of Rudy Giuliani's rise through the ranks is worth the read alone and finding the deep caring heart connection that explains Frank Parrish (young vulnerable women much like his daughter) is spot on. It's deep, grungy, explicit and right up my alley. Wish I could find a retired cop like this to hang with...drink Irish whiskey with.

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loudem
May 11, 2012

Dissapointing book. It starts good enough, but soon veers to a linear idée fixe. This drunk cop finds a link between the murdered girls and Family Wellfare. Does a few interviews, and decides that this one guy is the culprit. So the whole of the book is that: trying to find some evidence that this guy HAS to have done it. At the end of 400 pages, the autrhor must have been before a blank page and writing block because he comes up with this stupidest idea in the book. The drunk cop makes a B & E inside the guy's house. Also, the guy's ex-wife ( who has the guy's house key, we wonder why?! ) gets the same idea. Long story short the cop gets stab, the ex-wife find the "evidence", the cop winds up at the hospital with very characters from the book around his bed saying what a "good" cop he his. He gets kick off the Police Dept, but the "guy" was caught and will endure much pain in jail. Again what a stupid idea. If the author wanted to go with this linear story he should have given at least half the chapters to to "bad" guy. But no the story is about the cop and his father and some moronic discutions with some psychologist about the "Saints of New York" and the truth about his "hero" father. Again, I'm very disapointed with this book. I was hoping much more about this author, since he received so much kudos. Well, it must be me. Again, this is a bad book, and I'm sticking to it.

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