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Apaches
     

Apaches

4.5 15
by Lorenzo Carcaterra
 

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In kidnapping a twelve-year-old girl, the kidnapper has made a deadly mistake. He has brought a New York City detective back into the game. When a simple kidnapping turns into something much more evil, Boomer Frontieri gathers together others like himself -- cops who can no longer be cops. Some call them criminals, others call them heroes. In Apaches, they face

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In kidnapping a twelve-year-old girl, the kidnapper has made a deadly mistake. He has brought a New York City detective back into the game. When a simple kidnapping turns into something much more evil, Boomer Frontieri gathers together others like himself -- cops who can no longer be cops. Some call them criminals, others call them heroes. In Apaches, they face almost certain death as they pursue their deadly prey.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
July 1997

Lorenzo Carcaterra's stark and brutally honest writing has brought his readers deep into the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, where he grew up and perhaps, to a great extent, where his demons still lie, flushed out through graphically cathartic writing. Carcaterra is the author of the autobiographical A Safe Place and the phenomenal bestseller Sleepers, the publishing event of 1995 and the catalyst for one of the top Hollywood films of the following year. Carcaterra returns with Apaches, his eagerly anticipated first novel and his darkest book yet in its vivid descriptions of the violence that humans inflict upon one another.

Apaches returns to the mean streets of New York City in the early 1980s. A lethal new form of smokable cocaine, nicknamed "crack" for its wicked high, has made its appearance in dealers' vials on any and every street corner. The results are devastating. Violence is escalating as fast as morals can crumble — "feeding the high" leads people on both sides of the drug trade to desperate, unspeakable measures to ensure the circulation of the drug.

Boomer Frontieri, a New York City detective forced to retire after being wounded in a drug bust, is brought back to life by a crime he cannot ignore. A 12-year-old girl is brutally kidnapped, and when an old friend turns to him for help, Boomer returns to the life he once knew and thirsts for again: the life of a cop. Upon investigation, the kidnapping turns out to be something much, much worse, an almost unspeakable demonstration of evil andabuse.Instantly, Boomer knows what has to be done in the name of justice.

Dead-Eye. Pins. Geronimo. Reverend Jim. Mrs. Columbo. They were great cops once, all of them. But they are cops no more. Boomer Frontieri brings them all together, back to a life where they face almost certain death, a life where they are Apaches — a renegade unit working on its own. Some call them heroes; some consider them enemies or outlaws. But the grisly reality that the Apaches see is one where good and bad, right and wrong, living and dead, are virtually indecipherable.

Library Journal
Carcaterra, author of a powerful, best-selling memoir, Sleepers (Ballantine, 1995), here weighs in with his first novel. The story centers around a group of controversial New York City cops.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345422514
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/1998
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,358,343
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of the autobiographical memoir A Safe Place and the New York Times bestseller Sleepers. He has written scripts for movies and television and is currently at work on his next novel.

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Apaches 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apaches is a dark, gritty story. At times you will find yourself flinching or gritting your teeth at the abominations that some of the characters perform upon their victims. The author uses great detail and has a way of keeping you entranced in the story, always wanting more. The basic premise is simple and one that has been told dozens of times. The pace is beyond fast, which is good and bad. You want more and I felt like the flow was too fast. The story went from one plot to the second major plot too quickly. Carcattera is a good author who is able to keep you fascinated with the darkest possible scenarios. I look forward to his future work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The BAD guys & women are SO awful that they make make the VERY flawed, semi-heroic "good" characters look angelic. Although some scenes (e.g., the AZ "battle to the death") are ridiculously over the top, you definitely get your money's worth tenfold in this tsunt, fast-paced, noir crime thriller! aj west
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
I have read every book by Lorenzo Carcaterra and am dissapointed that he hasn't written any more. Great characters, great story. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Apaches is one of the greatest books I've ever read. Very emotional and gory but you'll be glad you read it. It gets you up close to the characters. Apaches makes you realize how sick some people are and how thankful you are to have brave heroes out there to stop them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking every character will have a near death experience and then live happily ever after. . . like 99.9% of books out there.How much wronger can a person get.This book makes u think. . . and I mean seriously think.If u are in the need of a book that can wrap u up and never let u go GET THIS!!!!This bopk will wrap u up in the life of 4 cops, 1 bomb expert,a phone tapper, a 12 year old girl, 2 twisted kidnappers, and a notorius drug lord. Be aware though this isn't your every day book.U may find yourself up at 3:00A.M reading to figure out who'll get shot in chapter 12's gun fight. . . but then again that's just Apaches's magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absorbing novel about a group of former cops who operate outside the law in order to stop a very dangerous criminal. Satisfying in part because this group doesn't have to worry about police procedure and protecting the rights of criminals. Very graphic but equally good; whether you love it or hate it, it will stick in your mind long after you put it down which is what all great novels should do
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carcaterra is a gifted crime fiction writer. The characters are larger-than-life and the plot is riveting. I read it in a single night...and enjoyed every minute of it. If you like crime fiction, then you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
APACHES is brimming with tragic heroes and dastardly villains. Carcaterra has crafted a true masterpiece of modern crime fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down....great characters with fast moving plot. This book every bit as good as sleepers...Cant wait for more from this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo Carcaterra is a great author, and he created a great novel with Apaches. Here's a little about it. Boomer, Dead-Eye, Rev.Jim, Mrs.Columbo, Geronimo, Pins. They all were cops, the best at what they did. But they were taken out of the job they loved too early. But when Boomer looks for a kidnapped girl with Dead-Eye, they find the girl, but stumble on to something bigger. Which brings these cops back onto the street, doing the thing they do best. Fight the bad guys, and protect the innocent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this story very much...