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Absent Friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    More than a Bargain....

    I bought this book at B&N from the bargain books table. What a find. I could not put it down. Plot, character and writing are top-notch. It's a mystery, a comment on 9/11 (without being maudlin) and an evocative story of close-knit friendship. Please buy this book if you can - it's worth it at any price.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic. This will be the author's breakout book

    NYC firefighter Captain James McCaffrey is one of the fallen heroes who died trying to save lives during the tragic collapse of the Twin Towers. James had a heroic history with the department before his death; however reporter Harry Randall paints a darker side of the fallen hero. He insists that two decades ago 9/11, James and his six Staten Island compatriots were involved and probably killed a stepson of a mob kingpin; one of them Mark went to prison................... The four survivors of the magnificent seven, two including Mark having died years ago, rally to protect their deceased childhood leader¿s reputation. The final foursome look back at what happened, but soon begin to wonder why James consistently and anonymously gave money to the family of Mark. Could James be paying off blackmail, guilt or could he be simply taking care of a friend?...................... The multiple perspectives, which include flashbacks and the thoughts when alive of individuals now dead, adds complexity, but makes it difficult to keep track of who thinks what of James. Still the backdrop of the aftermath of 9/11 on the City provides a fantastic thriller as the James-Mark relationship is shown up as a minor nothingness in comparison to the humongous tragedy. S.J. Rozan keeps the two outlooks apart so that the audience admires a heroic fallen first responder in a city reeling but already beginning to recover by 9/12. His allegedly dark past seems minuscule with his actions when people needed him. This is a strong look at the immediate post 9/11 Manhattan.............. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    I love SJ Rozan but not this book

    I have loved all of the books I have read by S.J. Rozan but this one was a huge disappointment.

    I wish I could get all of the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series on my Nook but some of the early ones are not available.

    This book spent to much time repeating facts and too little time getting on with the story. I couldn't even keep track of how many times it was mentioned the phones were out or reception was spotty. Really after the third or fourth time I just didn't even care anymore.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    I have to say this is the worst Rozan book I have read. It was

    I have to say this is the worst Rozan book I have read. It was slow and had unending repetition. I have loved all of her other books but this one was not worth my time or money. What a huge disappointment. 9/11 was devastating I'm not trying to down play that but she spent so much time talking about what people felt and how there were no cars and no phones and..... If it was only said once or even twice it would have been ok, but it was repeated so many times. I probably only read 1/2 of the last half of the book. I had it all figured out before I had finished half the book and I would have had it sooner if not for all the extra descriptions she usually doesn't do. I say check it out of the library if you still feel compelled to read it... don't waste your money.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    9/11 Book

    This book is for a Manhattanite. There are too many characters in the book and too many references to concepts you wouldn't appreciate unless you were in the area at the time.

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    Posted July 14, 2011

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