City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series)

by Christopher Ryan

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Overview

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: NOOK Book
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this excellent novel which caught and held my interest from the first page. The characters' dialog and interaction were easy to identify with and the plot had fascinating twists and turns. I am eagerly waiting for the next in what I hope will be a long series of Gunner and Mallory novels.
Annette_Bigger More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! Just love when I finish a book and the characters and drama are still in my thoughts!! You know it was a gret story!! Hoping to read a sequel soon. I can't wait to see what crimes my new favorite Detectives Mallory and Gunner solve next!!
DaniellePierce More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!, April 7, 2012 By Danielle Pierce (Hackensack, NJ United States) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: City of Woe (Mallory and Gunner Series) (Kindle Edition) I started reading City of Woe when I put my laundry in the machine at the laundromat (approximately 4:30 pm). I took a short break to bring the clothes home and hang them up, but then I sat on the couch and all of a sudden it was 11 and I was done with the book. I think for me it was protagonist Detective Mallory's heroic journey that pulled me in. His negotiation of his loves: his wife and kids, his father, and his job, and his desire to see all three come out unscathed made for a compelling and dramatic read. This, coupled with the vivid scene setting descriptions and quirky references to classics (of both the literary and rock nature) made me laugh and cry and feel every emotion on the spectrum. You should read it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story...feels real...true...grabs you and pulls you right in...Ryan has a great way of expressing the feel and taste of the job and the Bronx...details tell and these are true to life...fast pace and great emotions...can't wait for the sequel..I hope it's soon