Little Boy Blue (Two Cassettes)

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At the center of Little Boy Blue is an airport heist gone bad. A young baggage handler has been gunned down. Detective Joe Gregory and his partner, Anthony Ryan, sense something "hinky" about the killing of young Johnny Boy Counihan, who wore an old blue NYPD overcoat to his death. Determined to find the killer, the two cops cast their lot with Johnny Boy's angry, heartbroken, street-smart grandfather, Vito Martucci, who claims to know who did the killing and why. Vito doesn't have all the answers. While the ...
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At the center of Little Boy Blue is an airport heist gone bad. A young baggage handler has been gunned down. Detective Joe Gregory and his partner, Anthony Ryan, sense something "hinky" about the killing of young Johnny Boy Counihan, who wore an old blue NYPD overcoat to his death. Determined to find the killer, the two cops cast their lot with Johnny Boy's angry, heartbroken, street-smart grandfather, Vito Martucci, who claims to know who did the killing and why. Vito doesn't have all the answers. While the detectives interview suspects, a hoods' hangout in Queens is firebombed and another body is found in a car trunk at the airport, this one covered with artificial eyes. And a group of young Irish immigrants, linked to Johnny Boy's life and death, tell Ryan and Gregory a story that ranges from charmingly curious to darkly disturbing. The real killers - and the real motive - remain hidden somewhere in the city that pays Ryan's and Gregory's salary and confounds them, the city of their fathers, their sins, their enemies. For the Great Gregory, years of hard living have taken a steep emotional toll. For Ryan, being a cop first and a husband second is giving way to a new sense of love for his wife and a marriage that has endured. And for both, a partnership forged in the mad, unceasing poetry of the street - as well as the politics of the force - is turning to something else: a deeper understanding and acceptance of each other's flawed humanity. When Gregory and Ryan finally uncover the truth behind Johnny Boy's killing, it is a truth laced with bitter irony, love, and innocence betrayed.
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570424755
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hours
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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