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In the thirtieth anniversary edition of this classic thriller, "Rampage gives a stunning twist to the expression 'war on crime.' The dizzying action ranges from Manhattan's towering spires to the labyrinths of the city's underworld; its plot has the speed and impact of a jackhammer.” David Morrell
Chris Taggart is a ruthless, driven, real estate entrepreneur whose buildings have changed the skyline of New York. Young, handsome, irresistible to women, Taggart has won it all with his bare hands and fierce ambition. But his dazzling success can never erase the bitter memory of his father's death at the hands of the moband now Taggart sets out to use his wealth and power to destroy the men whom he holds responsible.
It is a secret vendettaa war, in factthat Taggart launches single-handedly against the Five Families of New York. It pits him against some of the toughest men in organized crimeas well as his own brother, a crusading assistant U.S. attorney, one of the strike force prosecutors.
Taggart risks his fortune, his reputation, finally his life, to get revenge; only to find that he has instead become one of them, that his triumph over criminals has turned him into a more dangerous threat than any mob boss in New York.
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About the Author
Justin Scott has written more than thirty thrillers, historicals, and mystery novels, including The Shipkiller, Normandie Triangle, and The Empty Eye of the Sea. His main pen name is Paul Garrison under which he has written the Paul Janson series based on a Robert Ludlum character: The Janson Command and The Janson Option. Scott created the Ben Abbott detective series and was twice nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. He collaborates with Clive Cussler on the Isaac Bell seriesThe Wrecker, The Spy, The Race, The Thief, The Striker, The Bootlegger, and The Assassin. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, filmmaker Amber Edwards.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Revenge is a dish of individual taste… My thanks go out to all my contacts at Pegasus Books for my copy of this novel! Thank you so much! Brothers Chris and Tony Taglione saw their father, Mike Taglione crushed under a cement truck when he refused to knuckle under to the demands of the Mafia. Mafia representative Joey Rendini was a racketeer, demanding payment to keep the trucks that supplied building materials to the site of Tagione Concrete and Construction’s latest building site running. Mike Taglione said no, and was killed. Now his sons want revenge, but they have different paths to walk. Chris now uses the last name Taggart. He still runs the company and is looking for ways to bypass the Mafia controlled rackets and banks. He becomes a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Organized Crime. Meanwhile he pays the Mafia their blood money. Tony Taglione is against paying the Mafia at all. He points out that payment didn’t prevent the Mafia from killing their father. He also tells Chris the more you pay the Mafia the more they will demand. He wants to go to war… The book starts out with a cliché. The protection racket scenario is about as old as it gets. And I know, I know; it is still a big part of organized crime. But something a bit more original, even to shake up the threat to say, getting the company’s business license revoked would have worked quite well. It is still a “pay up or else” deal. The battle being fought on two fronts is not bad. The brothers obviously are going to butt heads and perhaps even work against each other. But Scott deals with those details with a grace I would have doubted from the way the book started out. Not that there aren’t more clichés in the book, but they are handled in a way to make better use of the art. I am on the fence with this book. I did not find it breathtaking and hard to put down. I also did not find it boring and difficult to finish. It is neither a good read nor a bad read. But I think I am probably in the minority. People are either going to love this book with its insight into the world of Organized Crime or hate it for being painfully predictable at times. Being on the fence, I give the book three stars. Quoth the Raven…