Little Boy Blue (Two Cassettes)

Little Boy Blue (Two Cassettes)

by Ed Dee, Len Cariou
     
 
Johnny Boy Coulihan seems to have been killed because he walked right into a multi-million-dollar robbery at JFK Airport wearing a blue overcoat inherited from his father, a retired NYPD detective. His father's first partner, Joe Gregory, will stop at nothing to find out who killed the unlucky young man. And when it appears that the mob is involved, Gregory and his

Overview

Johnny Boy Coulihan seems to have been killed because he walked right into a multi-million-dollar robbery at JFK Airport wearing a blue overcoat inherited from his father, a retired NYPD detective. His father's first partner, Joe Gregory, will stop at nothing to find out who killed the unlucky young man. And when it appears that the mob is involved, Gregory and his partner Anthony Ryan are about to dive into the most dangerous--and personal--case of their careers. BOMC alternate selection. Ads in "People". HC: Warner Books.

Editorial Reviews

Daily News
With Little Boy Blue, Dee moves to the top of the list of ex-cop novelists.
Washington Times
Little Boy Blue is on par with his first two novels not only in exploring the dark underbelly of the world of New York cops, but also in its success as a good read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The opening scene of retired NYPD detective Dee's third crime thriller (after Bronx Angel) crackles with authenticity. NYPD detective Anthony Ryan and his partner, Joe Gregory, are chatting about Cookie Counihan, the woman they've come to JFK airport to meet. Their dialogue is counterpointed (in one of Dee's signature stylistic touches) with Ryan's narration, which slowly fills in the reason why the two cops have to speak to Cookie when she steps off her flight from Florida: because Cookie is married to Gregory's first partner, and her son, Johnny Boy, a cargo handler, has just been killed during a robbery when he was mistaken for a policeman. Vengeance comes quickly when Johnny's grandfather shoots up The Cockpit Lounge-owned by the uncrowned king of airport crime, Emil Lutz-in what could be the first move in a gang war involving everyone from Lutz's son (a police informant) to Johnny's Irish girlfriend and a couple of shady Irish hansom cab drivers. There's a hard edge to everything and nearly everyone in this gripping novel, which plays some subtle improvisations on the theme of fathers and sons, and family and its obligations, even as Dee creates a tight mystery that emanates a gritty, world-weary air. The first-person narration turns Ryan into a poet of his personal New York, a city of up-all-night cops who spend more time in bars and cars than outdoors, a town captured by Dee as if he were Hopper, painting it for Police Gazette. Simultaneous Time Warner Audio. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Dee's first novel, 14 Peck Slip (LJ 7/94), was a New York Times Notable Book and sold 160,000 copies. In this latest, series detectives Gregory and Ryan pursue the killer of a cop's son.
Kirkus Reviews
NYPD Detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory spend from Thanksgiving to Christmas trying to trace the loot from a botched airport robbery.

The robbery, though it netted an estimated $3 million for the thieves, didn't go off as routinely as the crooks had expected; it was interrupted by air cargo handler Johnny Boy Counihan, whose bad timing in bursting in on the thieves, coupled with his mistake in wearing his retired father's old police jacket, cost him his life. Now Gregory, who was J.C. Counihan's partner before the old man retired, wants in on the case. Unfortunately, so does Johnny's grandfather, Vito Martucci. He's convinced that the brain behind the heist was Emil Lutz, the acknowledged king of airport crime, released from jail only three weeks before the robbery. And Martucci, though he's old enough to have voted for Harry Truman, is a loose cannon who makes legendary cowboy Gregory look positively restrained. In short order, Emil's number-two son, Rocky, is found in an airport parking lot, dead. Then Emil's cocktail lounge is firebombed. As the cops console Johnny's mother and ride around town swapping info with his obsessive grandfather, Ryan wonders if they have targeted the right guys, and if this spate of violence is Martucci's idea of investigative work—or the work of one of the thieves trying to protect himself against informants and beef up his share of the pot at the same time. Prowling a jungle of wiseguys, terrorists, two-bit stoolies, and sad mob wives, the hunters set a trap for their leading suspect; but the trigger- man's identity will catch them both off-guard.

Though Dee's third lacks the dark complexity and furious energy of Bronx Angel (1995)—even the electricity between Ryan and Gregory seems strangely muted—the narrative is still quick, quirky, and ruminative, larded with knowing opinions about everything from cop bars to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570424755
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Series:
Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hours
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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James Patterson
"Truth as only a cop can tell it. Watch out Joseph Wandaugh and William Caunitz, Ed Dee is sneaking up on you."
Robert Daley
By far the best writer of all the ex-cops I've read.

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