City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

by Christopher Ryan
City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

by Christopher Ryan



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What if Paul Farrington, a veteran fixer for a shady corporation, found himself targeted for elimination just as he was trying to finance his daughter’s Ivy League education? How far would he go to provide for his family and keep them safe?
What if detectives Frank Mallory and Alberto “Gunner” Gennaro were forced to play catch up with a killer who may or may not be a demon and who leaves trails of Dantesque murders, each one occurring further south in Manhattan and deeper into his version of The Inferno?
How could these situations be connected?
How long can the detectives stick to strict police procedural facts when confronted with increasingly bizarre events, especially once they begin invading Mallory’s private life? And how does he find a balance between his rejection of the case’s alleged demonic elements and his strong desire to believe his dying father’s visions of long dead relatives beckoning him to heaven? When must a detective reconsider what exists outside man’s law?
These are the dominant concerns of City of Woe, a novel combining Ryan’s personal experiences, knowledge of the family business (the NYPD), an understanding of literary classics and a love for classic rock and roll. Running 327 double-spaced manuscript pages, readers have noted obvious references to Dante’s The Inferno, subtle nods to Joyce’s Dubliners and Ulysses and the influences of Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, and Richard Price.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014274036
Publisher: Seamus and Nunzio Productions, LLC
Publication date: 03/17/2012
Series: Mallory and Gunner Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

Christopher Ryan spent eight years as an award-winning Bronx crime and politics reporter, winning awards as Best News columnist/NYS Newspaper Association, Journalist of the Year/Children Are Precious, and a DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service, among others. Simultaneously he earned honors for playwriting (Bronx Council on the Arts) and screenwriting (a T.W. Wharton Award, and as a top 10 percent, then top 100 Nicholl’s Fellowship finalist).
Chris also spent several years as a founding member/head writer for the Salsoul Comedy Troupe, contributing over 30 original sketches, and performing both as a cast member and occasionally as a stand-up comedian. As a vehicle for the troupe, he created an original Latino sitcom “The Rich Life” considered for production by NBC.
He has even written a few comic books (featured in Mythography, Race Against Time, Lost Tales of Erin, and on a strip version of Blackjack). He is currently awaiting publication of a four-part story arc for Archie Comics "The Three Mooseketeers."
Ryan earned an MA and Rutgers University’s English Award for Highest Distinction in Literary Studies for his master’s “thesis” — a first novel, CITY OF WOE, which features detectives Mallory and Gunner, who made their debut in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of "Crime and Suspense Magazine". Another Mallory and Gunner tale “Seven Days” has been accepted for publication in the venerable indy magazine "Hardboiled".
Most recently, he was honored by Writer’s Digest for his original screenplay "Zombies of New Milford" (now in postproduction), an inspirational police story featuring the Mallory character, “Old Friends Long Apart” as well as a tongue-in cheek horror short "New Dad".
Ryan teaches in Hackensack High School, where he has discussed Dante's "Inferno" with his students for over 15 years, a source of inspiration for his novel.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two rapidly growing sons.
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