Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never has it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting little too close to home. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have more sinister plans in mind. Finding the culprit opens a window on the broiling ethnic tensions on Chicago's North Side, and what's happening in Abe's family life does nothing to turn down the heat. If he and his partner, Hanrahan, can locate the vandals who have targeted the city's Jews, they may be able to put a stop to some of the madness before violence enters the picture.More
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Lieberman's Thief AWFUL: Lieberman's Law a delight
Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure.
It's up in the top 10% or so. Mr. Kaminsky was incredibly prolific, writing one novel a year for fifty years, and these included about four series, I believe. The Lieberman-Hanrahan books are my favorites, although the Porfiry Rostnikov books are right up there, and the Lew Fonesca books are fun as well. The only series that I didn't love was the one about the Hollywood detective, whose name I can't remember.
As the blurb says, the plot, involving the attacks on synagogues in Chicago, and simultaneously about the changes in Abe and Bess's family: this is done very nicely. The synagogues are attacked by either militant Arab/Palestinian groups, or a bunch of NeoNazi skinheads, who are very colorful characters.
I love his voice. It has the gravelly texture that I really enjoy. It's not breathy or melodramatic, but Mr. Ferrone is extremely skilled at voicing the large cast of characters that Kaminsky invents. He is very good at accents, alternating among Yiddish and Irish and Chinese with ease and fluidity.
No. I just loved it. Although there is some violence in these series, Mr. Kaminsky is not in love with it, and doesn't wallow in it as some authors do (like Karin Slaughter, just to name one). The acts are simply events that drive the plot; Kaminsky doesn't adore the gore and linger longingly on the blood and guts. (Pretty purple prose, there.)
I could go on here, but it would be overkill. Mr. Kaminsky was so clever and wrote with so much enjoyment of his craft that readers who haven't discovered him yet are in for a treat.
- Richard Delman