Flesh and Blood: A Lt. Ben Tolliver Thriller

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James Neal Harvey captured a vast readership with his national best-seller, By Reason of Insanity, and continued to thrill and shock his fans with Painted Ladies. A master of the psychological thriller, Harvey now offers up his most exciting - and deadly - novel to date: Flesh and Blood. Set in the glittering world of high finance and politics, Flesh and Blood marks the return of Lt. Ben Tolliver. Tolliver is tapped to head an investigation of the death of millionaire former U.S. Senator Clayton Cunningham III. ...
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James Neal Harvey captured a vast readership with his national best-seller, By Reason of Insanity, and continued to thrill and shock his fans with Painted Ladies. A master of the psychological thriller, Harvey now offers up his most exciting - and deadly - novel to date: Flesh and Blood. Set in the glittering world of high finance and politics, Flesh and Blood marks the return of Lt. Ben Tolliver. Tolliver is tapped to head an investigation of the death of millionaire former U.S. Senator Clayton Cunningham III. The top officials of the NYPD and City Hall want a quick and quiet resolution, but as Tolliver's inquiry starts to uncover disturbing information about the Senator and his family, witnesses begin to be murdered. Fighting off attacks on his own life, Ben delves deeper into the sordid, hidden life of the Senator and quickly learns that even the ties of flesh and blood cannot compete with greed and the desire for power.

Lt. Ben Tolliver is tapped to head an investigation into the death of former U.S. Senator Clayton Cunningham, III. The high powers of the NYPD want a quick and quiet resolution, but as Tolliver's inquiry begins to uncover disturbing information about the Senator's family, his witnesses begin to be murdered. Martin's Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whatever else it may lack, the third Ben Tolliver book ( By Reason of Insanity ; Painted Ladies ) has a setup that strongly resembles the circumstances of Nelson Rockefeller's infamous demise. Powerful ex-U.S. Senator Clayton Cunningham III, head of an old New York robber-baron family, is found dead in the townhouse headquarters of the family's foundation, in the company of glamorous reporter Jessica Silk. We discover quite quickly that Cunningham was a rotter, and learn soon enough that Silk, who is subsequently found dead, did not commit suicide. We also see that the feuding Cunninghams are involved in shady doings: scratch out any suspense from these angles, or any other. As the plot progresses further into formula, we're not surprised that so many people want to thwart obtuse New York City police detective Tolliver--though we do wonder how in the world he ever made lieutenant. The book really goes off the rails at the Cunningham's Long Island estate, where TV reporter Shelley Drake, Tolliver's girlfriend, begins to act like Nancy Drew and Tolliver turns into 007, which behavior leads to a gory climax and a Jacobean body count. Characterization and writing are pedestrian, proving only that, for Tolliver and Drake, it's more effective to be lucky than smart. Smart readers won't bother with this. (May)
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Former senator Clayton Cunningham III runs a powerful financial empire with the help of his children. When the senator dies suddenly of a heart attack, rumors about the circumstances of his death begin to surface. To quiet these rumors, Lt. Ben Tolliver of the New York City Police Department is assigned to investigate. Tolliver wonders whether the senator died of natural causes, but before he can pursue this line of questioning, a key witness dies- apparently a suicide. Instead of ending the investigation, Tolliver stubbornly continues it. He finds that the Cunninghams are involved in many questionable business activities and that people who threaten these activities seem to die rather conveniently. Tolliver's persistence leads him to Panama and then to Palm Beach, where he confronts the Cunninghams and learns the startling truth. A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing book; one can only wait expectantly for Harvey's next one.-Roberta Pessah, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, N.Y.
Emily Melton
Senator Clayton Cunningham loves good wine, good women, and good cigars. It's lucky the old geezer has a few vices to keep him happy because his own flesh and blood--a conniving daughter, a power-mad son, a ruthless wife--guarantee to make his life hell. When Cunningham drops dead of an apparent heart attack in the middle of an amorous tete-a-tete in his New York office, the media has a field day. Lieutenant Ben Tolliver, one of NYPD's finest, is called in to oversee the case, but his superiors seem determined to thwart the investigation. The case is politically sensitive, they say, and if Ben values his job, he'd better just cool it. Ben, of course, does the opposite. There's just enough renegade in this good-guy cop--hero of two other Ben Tolliver mysteries, the very successful "By Reason of Insanity" (1990) and "Painted Ladies" (1992)--to make us all root for him, and Harvey's action-filled plot is loaded with drop-dead suspense and down-and-dirty political muck. While no one would call this thriller a highbrow novel, just about everyone will call it a helluva good read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312109851
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Ben Tolliver Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 384

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