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Posted December 9, 2008
In the Catskills at his father¿s country home, Felix ¿Fee¿ Pasko and his best friend small time hood Martin Quinn discuss betraying fathers when their mutual enemy Terry Hughes arrives to kill them both. Terry murders Fee, but Martin kills the hitman. The New York police arrest Martin for the double homicides; however, the DA offers him a deal he shouldn¿t refuse. He can start over in the witness protection program if he turns state¿s evidence against his ¿family¿ the Italians who raised him or he can take his chance in court on double first degree murder charges......................... When Felix¿s father, the head of the Russian Mafia, sends his goons to kill the murderer of his son, Martin realizes he so far has been fortunate to stay alive. He needs to move out fast if he rejects the Feds¿ offer and somehow retrieve his share of the heroin money. Wherever he goes, law enforcement and the Russian Mob follow him for he rejects negotiating with either to keep his respect, but the cost could be more than his life, he could lose his beloved Penelope.................. This is an exciting thriller starring a law breaking antihero who decides to risk his life not just for the loot, but more for his self respect. The story line is action-packed though some of the significant secondary players like the Feds and the mobsters are caricatures rather than full blooded (though they bleed). Still Quinn carries the tale with his chutzpah gauntlet run................ Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2005
Terry Hughes is sent to kill Felix Pasko and Martin Hughes. But things go awry. Martin is the sole survivor of the encounter. The police arrive on the scene almost immediately. The cops had been building a narcotics case on Martin, but still had nothing. They took this opportunity to go bigger and begin pushing for a double homicide conviction. They could care less that Martin isn't the one who killed Felix or that Martin killed Terry in self defense. The feds are after a bigger target. Martin must decide whether to turn state's evidence or keep his mouth shut. ................................... ** The plot is good, but weak. The story has A LOT of flashbacks and they soon begin to detract from the story. The tale is well written, just not organized well enough for me. Every time a flashback began I found myself getting irritated. I kept having to switch gears to another time and place. Then, pages later, return to the present and try to recall just what had been going on before the most recent flashback. I gave up trying about half way through. **Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.