Item description for In For A Pound by Richard Marinick...
From the Boston Globe-Bestselling author of Boyos, comes another gritty, street-level tale of corruption, betrayal, revenge and redemption in the world of the South Boston Irish mob. Taut plotting, violent action, and a pitch-perfect sense of place propel tough PI Delray McCauley through this tour de force of South Boston noir.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 25, 2007
Publisher Justin, Charles & Co.
ISBN 1932112510 ISBN13 9781932112511
Reviews - What do customers think about In For A Pound?
Too many characters Apr 7, 2008
There are too many characters for the story line. It seems that Richard Marinick did not have enough substance for the characters he had therefore threw in people for meaningless dialogue that lent little to the story. It became difficult to follow the theme.
WARNING: Boston Harbor is Overflowing with Testosterone! Mar 15, 2008
And that's not a bad thing! Richard Marinick rips a raucous, bloody, and authentic tale of mayhem in "In for a Pound", his second novel of havoc on the mean streets of South Boston.
Delray McCauley is an ex-cop and ex-con, fresh out of prison after serving time for the proverbial crime-he-didn't commit, tending bar to make ends meet. When a safe with mysterious contents is stolen from a white-shoe law office, Del's former state cop boss asks Del to track it down, leading Del and the reader through an odyssey of corruption and blackmail as he butts heads with the Irish mob, small-time thugs, and a psychopathic killing machine who'd stroll through the scenes of "Apocalypse Now" as easily as D Street and Dorchester Avenue.
Marinick has apparently lived the life of which he writes, so the words and dialog roll naturally across the pages with street-cred and authority. The pace is quick and even, and if the characters are all cut from the same in-your-face, tough-guy cloth and the banter sometimes overdoses on macho, it makes for high octane entertainment.
Bottom line - a note to Dennis Lehane: Wake up! Kenzie and Gennaro are no longer the only act in "Southie" - Marinick's McCauley and Wainwright have them square in their sites and threaten to take down that turf, big time. Time to get back in the game, Dennis.
Exceeds expectations Feb 28, 2008
I enjoyed Boyos, but Marinick met and exeeded the challenge of his second novel. I was impressed enough I felt obligated to write something here! the prose is very clear and blunt. In Boyos there were some time jumps in the storyline that sometimes distracted me but not in this work. Wacko and his crew are nasty pieces of work, 'they wake up playing hardball everyday' I think is the quote. There are several opposing forces at work through the book and it is very clever how Marinick brings them all together at the end.
Another excellent book Feb 16, 2008
In Richard Marinick's second book he again tells a riveting story set in South Boston. Mr. Marinick creatively weaves in a few of his characters from his first book, Boyos, but at the same time tell a very different and compelling story. In, In for a Pound, the original protagonist from Boyos, cleverly becomes a secondary antagonist. In for a Pound is crisply written and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. Mr. Marinick is a master at setting and describing the scene in a way that makes you feel like you are part of the story. I strongly recommend this book.
Great Book Jan 15, 2008
In the insular world of South Boston, there can often be a very fine line between the good guys and the bad guys. This is a neighborhood where assorted cops, politicians, lawyers, gangsters and thugs may have known each other since kindergarten and will almost certainly cross paths later in life. It can be difficult to explain this to outsiders, but Rick Marninick absolutely nails it with "In For a Pound". In an very well written and descriptive novel, Marinick gives you an up-close look at the Southie underworld and shows just how easily the worlds of criminals and law enforcement can become intertwined. As a guy who has lived both sides of the life, Marinick's credibility and knowledge base are beyond question, and it shows in his writing. A thoroughly enjoyable book that pulls you right into Southie - the good side and the bad.