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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.