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23 Shades Of Black [Paperback]

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NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela has pretty much seen it all in her five years on the force. But after she recognizes the victim of a fatal toxic leak, which occurs outside her jurisdiction, her instincts tell her that something is not what it seems to be. From her run-down Bronx apartment to the way-out clubs of the Lower East Side, Filomena's investigation leads her to suspect that a group of high-powered corporate executives has turned to murder as a way to protect its bottom line.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2004
Publisher   Point Blank
ISBN  1930997647  
ISBN13  9781930997646  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! <div><b>K.j.a. Wishnia</b>, an award-winning writer and translator, is a college professor on Long Island.<br></div>

K. J. A. Wishnia currently resides in Setauket, in the state of New York.

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Tough, Gritty Wisecracking Noir at its Finest  Dec 8, 2006
New York police officer Filomena "Fil" Buscarsela isn't your average New York cop. She's from a remote mountain village in Ecuador and her brother had been killed by agents of the government, so one would think she'd have a huge distrust of police and all things governmental, but not so. She and her partner are sent to the scene of a toxic leak at a food stamp center. Several people are sick and when one is killed at a construction site later on, which is owned by the same company, Fil starts to become suspicious, especially since the dead guy was an artist named Wilson McCullough who had been making noises about the insecticide making factory next door to the food stamp center, claiming they were killing the environment.

The insecticide people apologize for the accident, but Fil doesn't really think they're all that sorry. Especially after McCullogh's autopsy reveals the levels of lead in his system were far too high to have been the results of any accident.

And while she's trying to put he case together she also has to deal with her other cases, one involving illegal immigrants, another involving a rape and still another involving a drug bust. She has a full plate, but she busts her tail against long odds as she wants to make detective. And she likes the idea of justice, so she investigates the toxic spill on her own, taking us along while she works the investigation which takes her from the clubs of the Lower East side to the boardrooms of corporate execs.

My best description of Mr. Wishnia's writing would be wisecracking noir at its finest. I just loved it and I will be looking for more of Fil's stories. If you like thrillers, mysteries, hard-boiled noir or any combination of them then you're going to love this book.
Too much Ecuador, not enough mystery  Jun 28, 2000
Although Wishnia knows a lot about Ecuador (more than anyone needs to know), the elements of mystery fall flat. The tangled, disjointed threads of plots are hard to follow and, generally, not worth a lot of effort. The character of Filomena is tough as a nut, self-centered, militantly left-wing in her thinking. Generally, an unsympathetic bore. It's hard to maintain interest in her.
Intriguing Character, Nice Details, Flat Ending  May 3, 2000
Filomena Buscarsela is an interesting protagonist, one of themore convincing female characters created by a male author that I'verecently read. Intriguing tidbits about her Central American homelandare inserted throughout the story, along with a critical dissection of the political, musical, artistic and social trends in the early 80's, when the story takes place.

The plot itself is fairly convoluted, and while Mr. Wishnia excels in dialogue, scene descriptions and the protagonist's wry fourth-wall commentary, I found the rambling storyline hard to follow after a while. The subplots (especially Filomena's stint with the INS and her relationship with her French lover) were often more interesting than the main plot, but many of them were left hanging, unresolved, as the story progressed.

Finally, the dots are connected in the last few chapters with lightning speed, with that "uh-oh, better wind this up in a hurry" je-ne-sais-quoi that plagues many otherwise enjoyable books...The ending really fell flat for me. END

Humourous... Sharp Narration !  Apr 30, 2000
Overall, it was a pretty good read. The really fresh thing about this book was that it featured a tough Latina. I happen to like tough Latina's. The book starts off really good. The middle is really good too. However, in the end when Filomena meets face to face with the bad guy I really, really, really wanted Filomena to....Oh, well I guess you have to read the book!
A breath of fresh air in the female detective genre.  Jan 12, 1999
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great change of pace after reading books by Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, Linda Barnes, etc. The main character's is tough and knows how to hold her own with the male Police officers.

This is a great read after reading a lot of (although enjoyable) "formula" books. Her world is not pretty and she exhibits many of the character flaws of someone constantly dealing with the "scum of the earth", as well as the pressures of being a minority in a man's world. Her toughness reminds me of the first time I read V.I. Warshawski.

I liked the grittyness and unexpected references to world events and history. I can't wait to read the next book!


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