A compelling mystery/thriller by Nick Chiarkas
If it moves away from you, it’s food; if it moves toward you, you’re food.
***Best Mystery Novel for 2017 the John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award by Earthshine
***Third Place Winner-Best Novel of 2016 by the Public Safety Writers Association(PSWA)***
***Finalist for Best Young Adult Novel for 2016 by Bookvana***
***Finalist for Best Crossover (Mystery & Young Adult) Best Books Award for 2017***
***2015 Finalist for Best Book Award by Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) for Suspense/Thriller ***
The 1957 murder of an undercover cop in a New York City housing project has unexpected ties to the unsolved disappearance of a young father walking home in those same projects with his son, Angelo, on Christmas Eve six years before. The only witness to the cop killing is Angelo, now 13, while on his way to seek his own revenge in the early morning hours. The killers know he saw them.
A series of gripping events forge a union between a priest, a Mafia boss, a police detective, and Angelo, a gang member. In the end, Weepers shows us that the courage of the underdog—despite fear and moral ambiguity—will conquer intimidation.
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|Publisher:||HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I grew up in a neighborhood right smack in the heart of a big city, just like Angelo! I can relate to Angelo in search of finding himself. My neighborhood was also old-school, and that leads to being mentally tough. Regardless of where you grew up, you will find a little bit of yourself in Angelo. Before I begin, I want to preface by stating that Angelo is one smart kid. Children growing up in inner cities all across this country face some big challenges everyday. But it isn’t all doom and gloom as the media portrays excessively for ratings. The author notes that even kids learn that life is about survival. In Angelo’s neighborhood, there are hierarchies that garner respect and others that do not. People live by certain moral and ethical standards that show their complexity. Angelo is toughest on himself. His mother, Anna, has had a hard life. Yet Anna always picks up the pieces for her sons. Angelo has had to always stay sharp in order not to be attacked by street gang members all around him. The author shows that Angelo is a complex kid with many facets. I’m sure that sounds familiar because it describes the rest of us too. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Weepers by Nick Chiarkas is a murder mystery set in the 1950s. In 1951, Christmas Eve, a man disappeared while walking through the Projects with Angelo, his son. In 1957, an undercover police officer was killed in a housing project in New York. At 2.00 a.m., on the way to setting fire to a grocery store, Angelo saw the cop killing and he was seen by the killers. As events unfold, Angelo forms a gang called Weepers and comes up against the mafia, police corruption and organized crime, not to mention the church. Unions are forged, battles are fought but will justice prevail? And whose justice will it be? Weepers by Nick Chiarkas is a fantastic first novel. This is gritty, emotional and powerful all the way from start to finish. It’s a novel filled with action, with twists and turns all the way through, designed to throw you off the scent but leading you neatly to a great conclusion. Nick Chiarkas has nailed the era perfectly and you can almost see the story being played out in a gritty noir style. Not only that, the descriptive, compelling style of the writing draws you in and brings the story to life, taking us through Angelo’s life as he grows up. We come to understand the kind of life led by those on the Lower East Side in Manhattan in the 1950s. He creates an atmosphere of tension and courage, love and hostility, and brings out every emotion you can possibly think of. There is some violence but nothing that doesn’t fit in with the story. The characters are wonderfully developed to the stage where they relatable, likable and we can empathize with their situations. A great first novel, and I'm really looking forward to the next one.