Thursday, March 20, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: "The Devil's Necktie" by John Lansing
Jack Bertolino is a retired NYPD detective who now resides in Los Angeles. His biggest worries arehis son's struggles in college and his chronic back pain...that is, they are until he gets a call from an old informant, the beautiful and mysterious Mia. She needs his help, but after sex she falls asleep before she can say anything and he leaves, not knowing that, twenty minutes later, she is killed by the 18th Street Angels gang and Jack is the only suspect.
He needs to find out who had it out for Mia before he gets arrested...or worse.
Written by screenwriter/actor John Lansing, The Devil's Necktie is a good crime novel with all the right elements: sex, drugs and murder. I do believe that it was missing a little more mystery, but I can't fault the expert writing and character development in the story. Jack isn't a one-dimensional cop like you might find on your everyday crime drama. He's got a past and feelings. Longtime crime drama fans might liken him to Law & Order: SVU's Elliot Stabler (played by Chris Meloni).
The violence is just right: not overdone for the gore factor but it's there enough so that you might cringe just a little.
Mr. Lansing got the facts on the cartels and the Mafia straight, which is more than I can say for many authors. I really enjoy it when a writer does his research and you can plainly see it in the writing!
Fans of the Law & Order franchises and the show Graceland will eat this up!
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