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Posted February 9, 2005
As timely (and frightening) as tomorrow's headlines
Aside from the sheer elegance of the way Mr. Hamill strings words together, (...her olive complexion and blue eyes reflecting the colliding rivers of Irish and Italian blood,' (to cite just one of hundreds of pearls which render the term 'thriller' simply inadequate here), and the 'what-the-hell-is-gonna-happen-next' of it all, this book should be required reading for any freshman journalism student entertaining the thought of writing a column one day. And the protagonist's mea culpa article written near book's end (P.318) should be printed in the prologue of the textbook. I don't know the words to The Hippocratic Oath but this must be its equivalent in journalism. If you want a real insider's look at how 'The City' works (or doesn't work), what journailsm is today versus how it used to be, a real glimpse of terrorism right in our own backyard and the forces joined to protect us post 911, and you want one helluva ride along the way, I recommand Sins of Two Fathers. I recommend it highly. A trademark of Mr. Hamill's (especially in his columns) has always been his deft mix of poetry, wit and grit when guiding us through the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, but never has he conducted a better tour than here. You're really in his breast pocket peering out at a world otherwise off-limits. And finally, what to me was worth the price of this book alone, (if you care about these things) was his journey through 'newsrooms past', (p.46), in all of its cigar-chomping, bourbon-breathing, story-chasing, typewriter-clacking, 'Stop-the-presses' glory. I was waiting for the actor Jimmy Gleason, with crooked grin and cocked hat, to saunter into the scene. Sins of Two Fathers is a great, great read, from beginning to pulse-thumping end.
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Posted November 25, 2003
Denis Hamill scores big!
Sins of Two Fathers is a New York story that only someone like Denis Hamill can tell as he grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and knows the pulse of the city.The dialogue and charcters are first rate and the tale very compelling with its twists and turns.I'd recommend this to anyone,especially those who know the meaning of a second chance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2003
exciting suspense thriller
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hank Tobin knows what it is like to be at the top of the mountain before crashing to hell. He once was highly acclaimed, wealthy and happily married to Julie. Now he is a drunk, divorced, and estranged from his family. Julie warned him years ago that Hank Tobin the journalist wore a mask to hide Hank Tobin the loving human from even his family. <P>Hank¿s son Henry, a budding reporter, is the prime suspect in a firebombing of a Brooklyn mosque. Hank had ignored the anonymous phone tip from someone calling himself LL, but Henry had not. Now Hank searches for this LL who is stalking him and his family. Meanwhile, LL keeps referring back to a report written by Hank about an incident from ten years ago involving a hate crime allegedly done by his own son. <P>SINS OF TWO FATHERS is an exciting suspense thriller that provides tremendous insight into post 9/11 security-minded New York City. Hank is a strong protagonist whose weakness in women, booze, and apathy cost him his family; saving his son is the first step towards redemption, which he knows will not be complete until he earns Julie¿s respect. Though the cat and mouse game is exhilarating and will hook the reader with its action-packed confrontational appeal, the audience will question the credibility of how LL a janitor could turn into a super villain (unless he has the winnings of the Collector). <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.