Tuesday, May 22, 2012
SAINTS OF NEW YORK - R J Ellory
This is the first of this author that I found and bought it on the blurb on the back of the book.
It promised a tale of a New York Detective trying to live up to the myth of his dead father, another detective who with a band of colleagues had cleaned up organised crime in New York.
What I got was the cliche alcoholic cop who, although very good at his job, is trying to be better than his father, whom he believes had feet of clay.
The book abounds with cliche's- Parrish's girlfriend is the hooker with the heart of gold, the NYPD is picking on our Frank and of course there is the long suffering partner. And rather a silly part of the book where he has to see the department shrink daily and he spills the entire investigation to her in serial form and she becomes this cheer leader type.
But apart from this its pretty good. Needs some serious editing though, comes in at about 100 too many pages, all of which would be the shrinks role.
Ellory can set a mood and writes of drinking dens very well but I found with the books back story the serial killer being hunted takes a back seat.
But I will buy his books again worth the investment.