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   This novel is a collaboration between crime fiction writers.They are writting the novel in the style of the hard boiled detective novels of years gone by. But they are setting the story during the present day.
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    Wealthy, successful New York City business owner Max Fisher finds himself in a delightfully familiar scenario: he wants to get rid of his nagging wife so he can take up with his sexy secretary, Angela Petrakos. When Angela introduces Max to Dillon (who she codenames Popeye), a former IRA hit man, Max thinks he's found his man; what Max doesn't know is that Dillon is already Angela's man—and the two plan to double-cross Max as soon as it becomes profitable.

   Dillon, however, proves to be less a professional than a psychotic: he'd just as soon kill "for the price of a pint" as he would for Max's wealth.

   Another wrinkle in the plot is wheelchair-bound Bobby Rosa, an ex-con with a taste for lewd photography, guns and blackmail. As it tends to do, the murderous plot goes awry.

The review of this Book prepared by yosef shapiro

The story stars Max Fisher, a wealthy businessman who wants to have his wife murdered so he could sleep with his beautiful secretary, Angela Petrakos. Max gets introduced to Angela's cousin Dillion also-known-as "Popeye", a former IRA hitman, in a Manhattan pizza parlor.
Max is happy that he's found the right man for the job. Dillion does the job and kills Max's wife Deirdre and his niece. Max tries his best to feign grief but as soon as he can he's having sex with Angela. Into the picture comes Bobby Rosa, a ex-con in a wheel chair who likes to take pictures. Rosa happens to have pictures of Max and Angela having sex. At the same time, policeman Kenneth Simmons, the detective in charge of the case of Max's wife has a strong suspicion that Max was in on the whole deal. Max's life starts to fall apart when everyone is double crossing everyone and Kenneth Simmons death sends an even more eager policeman, Detective Ortiz to make Max crack and confess to the murders.

The review of this Book prepared by Bobby Blades

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   seduction/blackmail General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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