When his nephew is killed by a mugger, Lieberman will do anything to bring his family justice.
In a posh part of Chicago’s North Side, two Trinidadian men look for someone to jump. Waiting outside an apartment building, they see a couple shivering in the cold as they make their way to their car. The Trinidadians draw guns, demand money - and quickly go too far. Shots ring out, and the muggers run. Behind them, the man is dead, and his pregnant wife lays bleeding in the street.The murder victim is the nephew of Abe Lieberman, one of the most dignified cops in Chicago homicide.
When he learns of the killing, Lieberman’s calm facade cracks. As he works with his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to find the killers, Lieberman makes a pact with the devil - ready to sacrifice everything if it means finding the men who gunned his nephew down in the street.
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That is a terrible question. This is the second book in the Abe Lieberman-Bill Hanrahan series, set in Chicago, and peopled by a brilliant cast of characters sprung from the incredibly fertile imagination of Mr. Kaminsky. If you look him up in Wikipedia you will be startled by how prolific this man was. He wrote over fifty books among other works. This is the best of the three series. Abe and Bill are Chicago homicide cops whose families and jobs feature largely in the plots of at least a dozen books in this series. Kaminsky is witty, warm, inventive, funny in both Jewish and gentile ways. There is a group of old men who inhabit Maishe's Deli (Maishe is Abe's brother) and who call themselves the alta cockers. In one day in this book there are so many plot details that you couldn't remember them all to save your life. There are also many moments of sadness and poignancy. The city of Chicago also features as a character here. I could go on, but I leave that to you. This is one of his best books, IMHO. I can't imagine a thriller/detective reader not loving Mr. Kaminsky. He is a Zen Master of his craft.
Another lousy question. Many moments, one which remains is at the very end of the book, in which Abe and his wife Bess briefly discuss the day. A 40-year-old marriage holds many facets, including among them trust and unspoken truths. Bess knows that Abe is sliding over a number of important details, but she wisely lets Abe go to sleep, knowing that he will unburden himself to her, all in good time.
A middling question: I personally love Abe Lieberman. I am now pretty close to his age and ethnicity, although our occupations are quite different. I can relate to many of his desires and needs, and his outlooks on life. I do some work in the criminal justice system, and so I can appreciate a lot of Abe's experience of human life at its worst. Mr. Ferrone gives us a very empathetic Lieberman, a man who must juggle all sorts of balls to do his job, one of them being the horrific Latin gangster El Perro, leader of Los Tentaculos, realn(?) name Emiliano del Sol. Abe makes repeated bargains with this mini-Satan in order to do his job expediently, all the while very carefully walking the line between good and evil in his own life. You just have to read these books to appreciate the gifts that Mr. Kaminsky possesses by the hundreds. You will be moved and amazed.
I think this was question #2 above. I am not moved by these questions.
I would start here in looking for Mr. Kaminsky's best. The Louis Fonseca series is good but weaker. The Hollywood series is just not to my liking. OOps! I forgot Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov! Another homicide cop, this one in Moscow, a totally different character in, needless to say, a completely different milieu. The Rostnikov books are as good as the Lieberman books, even though I forgot them until now. The wit and warmth and world-weariness of a Moscow homicide cop and his families at work and at home: there are stories here that will stay with you for a long time. Enjoy!
- Richard Delman
Vengeance or justice-sometimes a thin line.