Most cops are trying to right grievous wrongs. Few, however, have to deal with the horrific crimes of their own father...
Frank Parrish had a famous father: a Saint of New York, an NYPD detective who helped rid the city of Mafia control in the 1980s. John Parrish is a tough act to follow - a legend in his own right - and Frank already has an insubordination rap to beat.
Summoned for daily Police Department interviews, he's also trying to work out how the death of a young heroin dealer might connect to his innocent teenage sister, who's just been found dead.
There are more questions than answers, not just as the homicides escalate, but as Frank battles with his own demons. He must find the truth, and bring the trail of murder to an end.
NYPD homicide detective Frank Parrish, the hero of this meaty, beautifully written crime novel from British author Ellory (City of Lies), has screwed up every aspect of his life. In a recent attempt to play hostage negotiator, Parrish was unable to stop a 24-year-old thug from cutting his girlfriend's throat, and then his own. Parrish has a bitter ex-wife, a married son he seldom sees, and a nursing student daughter with whom he frequently argues. He drinks too much, can't follow police procedures, and resents his work-mandated psychotherapist. But he still knows how to penetrate a mystery. When someone puts a bullet in the head of petty thief Danny Lange and the strangled body of his 16-year-old sister, Rebecca, is later found in Danny's apartment, Parrish gets on the case. Frustrated by a failure to unearth probative evidence, Parrish does what he has to do. Equally compelling is the story of Parrish's father, legendary cop John Parrish, and the Saints of New York, the corrupt cops who helped the mob in the 1960s and '70s.
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Saints of new York
Another great thriller from mr ellory. It's hard to believe he's not an American through and through. Really good character build up through clever use of multiple streams of stories..