Review by Booklist Review
In the 1980s, the author's father, a Secret Service agent, infiltrated a notorious Irish gang to stop the flow of counterfeit money. This novel fictionalizes the case and transplants it to the present day. Mickey O'Shea and Jimmy Kahn are the villains, a nasty pair of crooks responsible for numerous murders, especially those of people who got in their way (imagine, perhaps, American versions of Britain's notorious Kray brothers). The hero, Secret Service agent John Mavio, must risk his own life, not to mention the safety of his family, to infiltrate the gang but can a good man pretend to be a bad man without sacrificing some part of himself? This is a gripping thriller, similar to the novels of Gerald Petievich, the Secret Service agent turned author (To Live and Die in L.A. is his most well-known title), but with more emotional and moral depth. The author's previous books have garnered him acclaim and a small but devoted audience; this one could easily lift him into the mainstream.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Malfi (The Fall of Never) draws on the experiences of his Secret Service agent father, who infiltrated the Irish gang known as the Westies decades earlier, for this plodding crime thriller. Secret Service agent John Mavio seeks to bring down two violent gangsters, Jimmy Kahn and Mickey O'Shay, in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. To do so, Mavio poses as a fellow crook interested in buying counterfeit money from Kahn and O'Shay, the latter, despite a long track record of bloodshed, having avoided jail even after a police officer witnessed one of his murders. Will Mavio be able to overcome Kahn and O'Shay's suspicions to get evidence to prosecute them? Few readers will care, given the predictable plot and ponderous prose (e.g., "Manhattan has a way of leading its occupants to certain destinations without said occupants necessarily realizing he or she has been led"). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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