Thursday Club

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The Thursday Club is tough, hard-hitting, suspenseful fiction, one of those rare novels about cops that reads like the real thing. It begins with the discovery of a body in a Staten Island garbage dump - the body of a woman killed and buried over twenty-five years ago. Hardly an event that seems likely to stir up much interest in the Big Apple, where more recent victims are a dime a dozen, particularly since this body is that of an unknown black female who may have been a prostitute. But appearances, in this ...
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Overview

The Thursday Club is tough, hard-hitting, suspenseful fiction, one of those rare novels about cops that reads like the real thing. It begins with the discovery of a body in a Staten Island garbage dump - the body of a woman killed and buried over twenty-five years ago. Hardly an event that seems likely to stir up much interest in the Big Apple, where more recent victims are a dime a dozen, particularly since this body is that of an unknown black female who may have been a prostitute. But appearances, in this case, are deceptive. This particular Jane Doe is about to create panic and havoc in the highest circles of New York's elite, from Wall Street to the top brass of the NYPD, and even to the sacrosanct chambers of New York's Catholic Archdiocese. When a respected ballistics expert commits suicide... and another cop is gunned down in an alley in Little Italy... and all the records concerning the case disappear... Internal Affairs Detective Ben Rogers becomes convinced that these events are not coincidental and sets out to track down the killer of a fellow cop, his best friend. Rogers believes he is looking for someone who had it in for the murdered detective, and that the answer may lie somewhere in the unsolved cases his friend left behind. What he uncovers instead is a path of corruption that leads him through the worlds of power and money all the way to the mayor's office itself. His list of suspects includes Deputy Police Commissioner Bill Dolan, a "cop's cop" and Rogers' "rabbi"; financial genius Eugene Donatello, the banking wizard who hopes to follow the mayor-elect into City Hall; and Bishop Dennis Molloy, the chief financial officer of the New York Catholic Archdiocese. These men, he comes to realize, are bound together by a shared past and a terrible secret - one that has never been forgotten, but instead has been obscured by years of greed and ambition. In the end, when their secret is about to be exposed, Rogers finds he has become the hunted, for t

An expert on police corruption and the author of Cop Hunter joins with the author of The CBS Murders to deliver a realistic and taut novel of murderous scandal that reaches from the New York Police Department to the highest levels of city politics.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Murano ( Cop Hunter ) and Hammer ( The CBS Murders ) animate this tidy tale of corruption among New York City's power elite with convincing verite. From the opening discovery of a corpse at a huge Staten Island dump to the unexpected revelation on the final page, they deliver surprises with deft competence. Ben Rogers, an internal affairs detective in the NYPD, is snagged to run a background check on an appointee of the mayor-elect. But the people he needs to talk to keep showing up dead--first his close friend and colleague, Felix Palmieri, then Wall Street whistle-blower Werner Rosenblatt, then Rogers's prime imformant, Sully. The questions always return him to a group of powercrats that includes the appointee, the chief of police, a congressman and a bishop. The conventional plot, which pits the honest maverick against an elaborate conspiracy, is redeemed by the sharp-thinking, sympathetic Rogers, a tough paisan with a distaste for violence (he would rather measure the risks and outthink his adversaries than rush into dangerous encounters), and by Murano and Hammer's realistic portrayal of police work, full of dead-on detail. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451662375
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 7/10/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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