- Narrated by: Christopher Lane
- Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-13-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By ebb on 03-01-07
This is by the author of _The Big Heat_ (also recommended), which will give you an idea what to expect.
This hard-boiled detective story is a fun example of the type. The 15-second sax intro sets the mood. It has all the ingredients: post-prohibition crime bosses, an Irish immigrant cop back from WWII, and hard-edged fight scenes. A handful of minor but clearly-delineated characters help the action move along.
This book, unlike the Big Heat, has an element of philosophical soul-searching as the crooked cop searches for an alternate path. It's sort of a Frank Capra Noir, if you can imagine that, but our protagonist is no Jack Friday. The noir elements predominate, and this was a fun ride down a dark Philadelphia street circa 1950.
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