Saturday 14 February 2015


Finished February 10
Tragic by Robert K. Tanenbaum

This thriller takes place around New York City. There is trouble within a longshoreman's union, with the recent death of the long term leader resulting in a divisive election of a new union leader. There are some suspicions of the legitimacy of the union elections, and the new union leader is worried about his role and about the financial fraud he is hiding.
When three young men become involved in a hit on the challenger, the impact on many lives stretches wider.
This book is one in the series featuring D.A. Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi. While Karp is on the case of the murder, Marlene's involvement in a local women's shelter leads her to the girlfriend of one of the suspects, and a possible break in the case. Karp's family link to a powerful criminal gang also comes in handy when looking for motives and suspects.
A theme running through this novel is that of guilty minds and the aftereffects of murder on the psyches of those involved. This is laid out through references to the Shakespeare play Macbeth. A gripping, action-filled plot that I read in one sitting.

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