Following the lead of Boston crime-thriller writers, New York Times bestselling author and radio sensation Howie Carr delivers Hard Knocks-a hard-hitting tale of survival, betrayal, deceit, and murder...in other words, a fictional odyssey through the last thirty years of crime in Boston.
Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-Boston cop, is trying to make ends meet as a private investigator. When a client is killed, execution style, Reilly finds himself in a whole world of pain. Someone wants him dead-but why? To find out, Reilly must weed through thirty years of duplicity, corruption, and killing...a web of politicians dirtier than mobsters and criminals nobler than senators. He needs to uncover the dangerous truth behind the bribery, blood, and backdoor deals that define the highest levels of both organized crime and State House politics-before it's too late.
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Talk radio host Carr s solid fiction debut places its protagonist, Jack Reilly, a disgraced ex-cop turned PI and freelance political fixer, in the same intertwined worlds of Boston organized crime and machine politics explored by the author s two nonfiction books, The Brothers Bulger and Hitman. A contract hit on ex-con Bucky Bennett leaves Jack the last person to have spoken to the smalltime criminal, who had just told him about finding incriminating financial documents while raiding a bank s safety deposit boxes. Under pressure from both Det. Mike Plain View Evans and gangsters Knocko Nugent and Tony Miami, Jack finds unlikely allies in Boston Herald reporter Katy Bemis and veteran politico Delbert Raymond Slip Crowley in uncovering the murder s connection to Boston s political establishment. Colorfully corrupt characters and hard-charging storytelling should please some genre fans, but others may find that Jack s function as the author s mouthpiece to vent about the city s changing demographics leaves an aftertaste too bitter even for noir.
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A great read. As a kid from Cape Cod who followed the news, and listened to Boston talk radio, I could put faces and events in place. I love listening and reading Howie Carr.
I love this book. I can't wait for more fiction from Howie Carr! I have been reading detective novels (and miles of other fiction) since I could read! Any reader can tell that Mr. Carr knows his "stuff". Locals and other fans of Boston's hardened private investigators Spenser and Gennaro should love Howie's DEEPLY experienced view of Boston's underworld.
If you enjoy true-crime, like Mr. Carr's "Hitman" & "The Brothers Bulger" and also enjoy fiction, then reading "Hard Knocks" should be first on your to-do list. Or listen while someone reads it to you. It is available in both formats for about the same price!