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Sniper's Moon
     

Sniper's Moon

by Carsten Stroud
 

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“A first-rate police thriller.”—Jonathan Kellerman

Detective Frank Keogh. He’s a man who trades on nerve and luck—and a cop who’s about to become an executioner’s target.

Detective Frank Keogh has a rare gift—for killing. He picked it up in the jungles of Vietnam and perfected it on New York’s

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“A first-rate police thriller.”—Jonathan Kellerman

Detective Frank Keogh. He’s a man who trades on nerve and luck—and a cop who’s about to become an executioner’s target.

Detective Frank Keogh has a rare gift—for killing. He picked it up in the jungles of Vietnam and perfected it on New York’s mean streets. It’s a talent that comes in handy when you’re a sniper for the NYPD. But over the years his calling has produced a numbness that has his partner worries: Is Frank finding it too easy to pull the trigger now?

Then, on a steamy August night in the South Bronx, a cop connected to Frank is found bizarrely murdered. No one really believes that Keogh is capable of such a brutal act . . . until a second savagely mutilated body is found, and the MO echoes a famous case solved by Frank’s father, a retired detective. Suddenly, Frank Keogh is a fugitive, dodging cops and meeting violence as he takes off on a cross-country chase to the Southwest desert . . . desperately searching for the man who framed him—and the father who could be his last, best hope of staying alive.

“An epic police thriller . . . crackling with narrative energy . . . and a deep-grained savvy about cop ways and mores.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stroud's first novel (after the bestselling Close Pursuit ) is a standout, with an ingenious plot, suspenseful pacing and strong, gritty dialogue. Vietnam vet Frank Keogh is a sniper in the Emergency Services Unit of the NYPD. His job is to kill gunmen who are holding hostages; accuracy and steel nerves are vital. Keogh is expert at his job, perhaps too much so. He seems to find an inordinate joy in disposing of his unsuspecting targets. When a cop with whom he has quarreled and a woman with whom he is having an affair both die violently, under gruesomely similar circumstances, a warrant is issued for Keogh's arrest. He flees, confirming his ``guilt,'' and the story unfolds with surprises at every turn. The author evokes the shadowed world of the NYPD with cynical realism. ``This is the city of the Big Fix--the whole fucking place is on the pad,'' one of Keogh's colleagues says. Stroud's taut descriptions of NYC neighborhoods, his portrayal of an ethnically mixed population, are right on target; his nuanced characterizations of fallible men and the women they love impart a basic credibility to this taut thriller. Film rights to 20th Century Fox. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The acclaimed author of Close Pursuit (1987), a nonfiction work about the NYPD, tackles a first novel on the same subject. Police sniper Frank Keogh, Vietnam veteran and long-time cop, finally begins to show stress: his family life stinks, and he seems impatient to pull the trigger. When he kills a burglar without his commander's go-ahead, he finds himself framed for the murders of two cops and a nurse. Keogh flees, pursued by the dead burglar's brother, the FBI, and state police officers. Partner Pat Butler, meanwhile, attempts to unmask the true culprit. Lengthy, detailed, and arresting, this procedural offers explosive action, high excitement, and hard-hitting prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553287523
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Pages:
432

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