Monday, February 23, 2009

Book review

The Cold Spot The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
After his mother is murdered and his father takes his own life, Chase is raised by his grandfather, a cold and calculating master criminal, and he is introduced to a life of crime. After Chase's grandfather murders a member of their gang in cold blood, Chase makes a break for it, eventually going straight and marrying a cop. When his wife is killed responding to a robbery, Chase vows revenge and contacts the only man who can help him, his estranged grandfather. This was a well done and for the most part un-romanticized crime novel. The thugs are brutal, ruthless and shrewd, out for money and blood, and lost of it. There is an interlude in the action when Chase courts his wife that the plot slows and the narrative drags, but after she is murdered, when Chase tools up and sets out for some Old Testament justice, and the story briskly picks up speed to a fine conclusion. This was a good pulp novel and I look forward to reading the sequel which is due out soon. The Cold Spot -

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