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Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops - one black, one white - are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.
Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.
Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter, Audrey, a forensic science student, reopens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger - and her father may have made a horrible mistake....
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By Margaret on 06-24-18
If Dennis Lehane lived in Philly
Readers of Dennis Lehane might really appreciate Duane Swierczynski. What Lehane does for generations of Irish cops in Boston, Swierczynski does for Polish cops in Philadelphia. One difference is that this book crams four generations into one novel rather than stretching them out over several like Lehane. This doesn’t always work perfectly as the reader tries to navigate three generations of cops with unpronounceable Polish last names and the inevitable nicknames, but the author still keeps enough of our interest with a vivid painting of the evolution of race relations, city machine politics, and sex, drugs (well, booze) and rock and roll to keep us interested. Indeed, if this book is made into a movie, the soundtrack is already laid out in the jukeboxes, car radios and record albums in the characters’ lives. A good, solid genre crime novel with plenty of setting and a good mix of strong male and female characters.