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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

fine historical thriller

In 1962 Boston, someone shoots and kills Irish-American police officer Joe Daley, Sr. in an alley while he is on duty. His three sons, Joe the cop, Ricky the thief, and Michael the lawyer grieve the loss of the family patriarch while the widow, their mother Margaret, d...
In 1962 Boston, someone shoots and kills Irish-American police officer Joe Daley, Sr. in an alley while he is on duty. His three sons, Joe the cop, Ricky the thief, and Michael the lawyer grieve the loss of the family patriarch while the widow, their mother Margaret, did her grieving gig for a year and now lives with the late cop¿s partner, Brendan Conroy. --- Her offspring detest Brendan and are angry with their mother for sleeping with the person they hold culpable in their dad¿s death as they wonder if he set up Joe to walk point into an ambush and why a cop killer has not been caught. However the three sons have their own issues to contend with. To pay off his enormous gambling debt to the mob Joe Jr., works for Vinny 'The Animal' Gargano. Gangster Capobianco wants Rickey beaten to a pulp for stealing diamonds from someone who pays the hooligan for protection. Michael, who works in Eminent Domain Division of the Attorney General's Office insists that Albert DeSalvo is not the Strangler, but instead just a lunatic seeking fifteen minutes of fame. When Ricky's girlfriend Amy is murdered with the Strangler¿ MO while DeSalvo is a guest of the state, the Attorney General claims he did the crime anyway Michael with the help of his siblings investigates the latest homicide. --- Using the Boston Strangler as a key link and reference point, William Landay provides a fascinating look at family bonds cemented by an odd form of honor and even stranger type of justice. The tale also implies that DeSalvo was not the Strangler, but Mr. Landay employs his theory more as an aside in support of his overall theme of unity during a crisis. Suspense thriller fans will appreciate this fine historical thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good read

I read his last book, Defending Jacob, before this book. While this was a good read, I think I had high expectations based on the greatness of Jacob. Still a good book and would recommend.

posted by 12503560 on September 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Good read

    I read his last book, Defending Jacob, before this book. While this was a good read, I think I had high expectations based on the greatness of Jacob. Still a good book and would recommend.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Interesting enough.  Found the writing style perhaps a little to

    Interesting enough.  Found the writing style perhaps a little too expository when a more lean narrative would have  moved the  story along.
    Not sure I believed in the characters.  They seemed not to ring true.  More stereotypical characters you see in films rather than in real life.  
    Defending Jacob, Landay's recent best seller, is a more compelling and satisfying read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I've read over some of the reviews for Landay's book and see the

    I've read over some of the reviews for Landay's book and see they often are at one extreme or the other - people love it and other readers hate it. I don't typically walk away from a book without a strong feeling either way, but I do with this one. It is well written and well told; it also has some good twists and plot developments. Overall, though, it seemed to be lacking "something" - be it a strong overall plot, a better ending, deeper characters - "something" just seemed missing all the way through. This was particularly true for the final third of the book. I was enjoying it overall until then, but suddenly reached a point where I was just trying to read it quickly to get finished. Tough one to recommend for you to read or avoid. Sorry!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Interesting, but hard to tell fiction from nonfiction

    Certainly not in the same league as Defending Jacob, his most recent book. There was a fuzz line between fiction and nonfiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    DISAPPOINTED

    VERY MISLEADING TITLE NOT MUCH ABOUT THE BOSTON STRANGLER

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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