Sinners' Ball (Jackson Steeg Series #3)

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Private investigator Jackson Steeg has a new client—his mobster brother, Dave, who’s in deep trouble after a suspicious fire in one of his warehouses leaves half a dozen charred corpses in its wake.

Steeg might not approve of his brother’s ways, but blood is blood, so he doggedly chases the truth, even when the trail leads him to a diabolical serial killer haunting the grimy streets of Hell’s Kitchen—and to the realization that the answers to ...

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Private investigator Jackson Steeg has a new client—his mobster brother, Dave, who’s in deep trouble after a suspicious fire in one of his warehouses leaves half a dozen charred corpses in its wake.

Steeg might not approve of his brother’s ways, but blood is blood, so he doggedly chases the truth, even when the trail leads him to a diabolical serial killer haunting the grimy streets of Hell’s Kitchen—and to the realization that the answers to all of his ugliest questions lie far too close to home.

Propelled by Ira Berkowitz’s lean, lyrical prose, Sinners’ Ball is another hard-hitting journey into a dark world of old-school gangsters, murky morality, and inherited sin that lies hidden beneath New York City’s antiseptic modern façade.

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"Another shot to the guts from a guy who should have started writing these barnburners a long time ago….Berkowitz doesn't miss a step as he weaves together malevolent fire and icy retribution in a story that shows violence beginning at home.  What makes the series exceptional is Jackson's old-school nose for detection and Berkowitz's stylish straightforwardness, which make the books seem inventive and retro at the same time."—Kirkus
"Berkowitz's brisk style is a perfect fit for this violent world of killers, scam artists, crooked politicians and the downtrodden of all sorts. There are no white knights, no storybook endings for Berkowitz, just vivid, ragged slashes of life." —Publishers Weekly
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Nasty, brutish and deadly describes the world of Jackson Steeg, as shown in Berkowitz's third novel to feature the ex-NYPD homicide detective with one lung and a weakness for the bottle (after Old Flame). When a warehouse owned by Steeg's mob-connected brother, Dave, goes up in flames and kills three squatters and two fire fighters, an additional six bodies, sexually mutilated and placed in packing crates, turn up in the basement. Dave is an easy target for an indictment, and when Steeg tries to locate the real culprit, he steps on the wrong toes and finds himself in deep trouble. Berkowitz's brisk style is a perfect fit for this violent world of killers, scam artists, crooked politicians and the downtrodden of all sorts. Steeg is loyal to friends and family, and if that means turning a blind eye occasionally or administering his own form of justice, then so be it. There are no white knights, no storybook endings for Berkowitz, just vivid, ragged slashes of life. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
A hard-nosed New York PI sifts through the ashes of a mysterious fatal fire. In his third Jackson Steeg novel, former ad man Berkowitz (Old Flame, 2008, etc.) once again nails the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen as well as the brittle dialogue that distinguishes kindred spirits like Lawrence Block. Berkowitz doesn't miss a step as he weaves together malevolent fire and icy retribution in a story that shows violence beginning at home. As the book opens, Steeg ruthlessly takes out a minion of his mobster brother Dave. "The snakes in my head awakened from their slumber and began to uncoil," he says in a prototypically hard-boiled monologue. "It had been a while since they had graced me with their presence. Truth be told, I'd missed them." Brotherly love only goes so far, but Jackson reluctantly agrees to investigate the fire that burned down his brother's warehouse. The hard man wouldn't normally sweat the loss, but the DA is tantalized by the burned bodies found on the site, six in packing crates and another three sexually mutilated. Before long, Steeg is up to his neck working around dubious cops, a devious Haitian madam and murders that keep piling into each other like a car wreck. The plot is as sly as ever, drawing together the bloodthirsty nature of men while ruminating on the unholy scars of childhood. What makes the series exceptional is Jackson's old-school nose for detection and Berkowitz's stylish straightforwardness, which make the books seem inventive and retro at the same time. Whether he's beating down doors, dodging an assassin's bullet or chewing over the snowball effect of bad news from his perch on the Brooklyn Bridge, Steeg is an instantly recognizable hero. Another shotto the guts from a guy who should have started writing these barnburners a long time ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307408631
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Jackson Steeg Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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