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Private Justice (Lucas Book Series, 1) [Paperback]

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When Richard Sand burst upon the scene with his espionage thriller, Tunnel Runner, he was hailed by critics as Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum. Now he brings us a masterpiece of the private eye genre which combines the gritty rrealism of Ed McBain and the horror suspense of Thomas Harris. After taking his brutal revenge for the murder of his twin brother, Lucas Rook leaves the NYPD to work for others who crave what they call justice. When mobbed-up Harry Raimondo needs someone to investigate the murder of his daughter, he turns to Rook, who is still driven by the anger that has not left him.

Rook's dark journey takes him into Inspector Joe Zinn's precinct and on a collision course with Homicide Detective Jimmy Salerno. The Raimondo case was his and though it has long gone cold, it still haunts him.

Then another little girl turns up dead. And then another. The nightmare is upon them fast. The piano teacher has monstrous hands, the medical examiner is a ghoulish dwarf, and an investigator kills himself.

The FBI claims jurisdiction and the police and Rook race to find the killer, whose appetite is growing. Betrayal and intrigue is added to the deadly mix as Private Justice careens towards its startling end which confirms Sand as a master story-teller.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 19, 2001
Publisher   Durban House
ISBN  1930754175  
ISBN13  9781930754171  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Action & Adventure
2Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > General
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5Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense

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Not your mother's detective thriller  Nov 20, 2002
Like a fresh bag of Lay's Potato Chips, Richard Sand's earthy and gripping writing style makes one want to devour the whole product-- in this case, a 200-plus page cop thriller-- in a single sitting. But try to resist that temptation and enjoy the unique pleasures of this Philadelphia-based thriller in a more leisurely manner; after all, there's a lot here to appreciate. Part Mickey Spillane, part "NYPD Blue", Sand's "Private Justice" nevertheless also sports its own unique perspective, one mainly fueled by the author's wicked sense of humor and an imagination that doesn't shy away from vivid imagery and ideas, even very uncomfortable ones. On this latter point, Sand's guideline seems to be "If it'll be memorable, I'll throw it in." In addition to these... uh, memorable scenes (am I making it clear that this book isn't for fans of the neat & bloodless "cozy" mystery genre?), readers also are kept on their toes by some crafty plot construction. For example, though the cover identifies the story as "A Lucas Rook Mystery", Sand freely drops his official protagonist for chapters at a time to pay entertaining attention to a pair of nicely-drawn Philly cops covering the same case, and even has said cops regularly trash the methods and reputation of Rook (and without Sand then leaping in to re-establish his main character as a nice guy). It's clear that Sand just wants to tell a bang-up story and doesn't worry about who we like and why. In other words, he just wants you to keep eating those potato chips. And it's working... pass me another bag.
Dark, Fast and Mean  Feb 3, 2002
Private Justice is a dark, fast and mean read that grabs the reader at the outset. It is about a serial killer tracking young girls. PI Lucas Rook is hired to find and bring to justice the killer that has eluded police. The author, Richard Sand, knows his stuff when it comes to the inside workings of police work. I'm looking forward to the next Lucas Rook book.

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