Hard Knocks by Howie Carr

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Following the lead of Boston crime-thriller writers like Dennis Lehane and Chuck Hogan, New York Times bestselling author and radio sensation Howie Carr delivers Hard Knocks—a hard-hitting tale of survival, betrayal, deceit, and murder…in other words, a fictional odyssey through the last thirty years of crime in Boston.

Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-Boston cop, is trying to make ends meet as a private investigator. When a client is killed, execution style, Reilly finds himself in a whole world of pain. Someone wants him dead-but why? To find out, Reilly must weed through thirty years of duplicity, corruption, and killing…a web of politicians dirtier than mobsters and criminals nobler than senators. He needs to uncover the dangerous truth behind the bribery, blood, and backdoor deals that define the highest levels of both organized crime and State House politics—before it's too late.

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About Howie Carr

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Howie Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald. He wrote The Brothers Bulger, which spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the New York Times bestseller Hitman. Carr hosts a daily four-hour radio talk show syndicated throughout New England. In 1985, Carr won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Carr lives in suburban Boston with his wife and their three daughters.
Published January 3, 2012 by Forge Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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It’s she, however, who asks Jack the pertinent question, the one certain readers, surfeited by an overload of chicanery and corruption, might well yearn to have answered: " 'Do you know anyone who isn’t crooked?' " Jack remains silent.

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Talk radio host Carr’s solid fiction debut places its protagonist, Jack Reilly, a disgraced ex-cop turned PI and freelance political fixer, in the same intertwined worlds of Boston organized crime and machine politics explored by the author’s two nonfiction books, The Brothers Bulger and Hitman.

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