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Posted July 5, 2005
When I found out that F.P. Lione (pen name of husband and wife authors Frank & Pam Lione) was a veteran of the NYPD and a child of NYPD detectives, I knew this book would be authentic. And on each page I felt that authenticity in the details of NYPD cop, Tony Cavalucci¿s life, both on duty and off. This book reads a lot like a documentary, or an uncut taping of Cops. And that¿s a good thing. It all begins when Tony, hungover and struggling to perform his duties, is assigned a new partner: good-guy Joe Fiore. Not what Tony needs on an already bad day. And to make matters worse, Fiore is a Christian. Like oil trying to mix with water, Tony isn¿t looking forward to mixing with Fiore. But getting a new partner is just the tip of the iceberg of Tony¿s troubles. Soon he faces the prospect of his childhood home being sold right out from under him by his father and step-mother, which only escalates his drinking problem and the disfunctionality of his Italian family. Will the stresses of the job and his growing despair take him out for good? Or will someone intervene before it¿s too late? THE DEUCE doesn¿t sugar-coat anything. Whether it¿s the description of a suicide-by-hanging crime scene, or Fiore boldly sharing his faith, this novel is all about reality - what it¿s really like to work the midnight shift in one of the world¿s busiest cities, and most importantly, what it¿s really like when God grabs hold of your life and won¿t let go. You may need a little caffeine to get through some of the long descriptions (running several paragraphs in spots), but that¿s a small quibble for an otherwise excellently written first novel. F.P. Lione is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. I recommend this novel (Book 1 in the Midtown Blue series) to fans of police procedurals for it¿s details of police work, but also to readers of contemporary novels. I¿m looking forward to Book 2, THE CROSSROADS, coming soon.
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Posted January 17, 2005
I originally bought this book because the author is the brother of a friend of mine. It was surprisingly well written for a first novel; the portions involving the family were hilarious (I would have read an entire book about them!) and the portrayal of a cop's day was extremely realistic. Since this is a series, it will be interesting to see how the hero deals with his ongoing battle against alcoholism...I just hope he doesn't completely lose his edge because it makes him interesting and human. I would definately buy another book by this author. Well done :)
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Posted August 16, 2014
Story of a NYC cop at a critical juncture, told in the first person. Nice to find this genre without gratuitous sex scenes and offensive language.
Author uses a lot of acronyms and even slang that left me guessing as to what he meant. A glossary or brief explanation would be helpful.
Posted October 17, 2013
Very boring. No real story line or plot at all. Just long situations about life at nypd. Got extremely preachy which detracted from any kind of story at all. Would not recommend at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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