"Max looked carefully at the dead boy, reminding himself that most murder victims looked very young and surprised when their bodies were found, as if life had suddenly rushed up and taken them unawares."
- Shattered after a gang attack in Central Park, misfit NYPD Officer Max Royster accepts a free-lance assignment to track down a serial killer preying upon wealthy private school students. In the course of his cross-country investigation, Max discovers that not all predators are born alike.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is a particularly poignant scene in Gypsy Twist in which Max Royster goes back to investigate the murder of a schoolboy at a private school he had attended in his youth. A youth so far from his current circumstance as a grizzled veteran cop who spends his life amused at precisely the kinds of life arcs his own represents. There is an awareness to this writing that is very pleasing indeed. Prep school boy, now a streetwise cop too saucy for the force, yet unable to leave the life. This is a marvelous story about the guy who doesn't quite fit in anywhere, but who has a peerless ability to solve crimes as he wisecracks his way from Manhattan's Upper Eastside ("The Playpen"), to the humid tumult of New Orleans backwater parishes. Hickey knows his terrain and procedure it is clear. A VERY fun read !
Fabulous read - the first book I finished in many years as the tale of adventure, suspense and intrique draws you right in.
Violent crime fiction is never my first choice, so I don't normally don't read this sort of novel. But since watching a couple Quentin Tarantino films with my sons, my tastes have expanded somewhat. So when this book was recommended to me, I was somewhat dubious—but wowie-zowie, once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Maybe because the mayhem that punctuates the narrative (much of it inflicted upon the protagonist, Max Royster) is leavened with delightfully wicked and often mischievous observations. If you like cozy mysteries, set in country estates with genteel killers and victims, this is definitely not the book for you. But if you want an entertaining mystery read with an offbeat (and not simply Weird-Syndrome-of-the-Week) main character, you'll find The Gypsy Twist a page-turner with punch. By the way, my husband, who reads many books of this ilk , but never writes reviews said it was "great!", so add some extra stars here from him too. Nice job Mr. Hickey!