Writing with the deft skill of Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, but adding a hip, noirish twist all his own, Jack Kelly packs a punch in this new novel set in the deceptively quiet neighborhoods of 1950s Rochester, New York. Ike Van Savage's latest case starts out simply enough: a threatening husband and a beleaguered wife. But before he knows it, he's pulled into a serpentine mystery that involves the town's most notorious gangster, a dead heiress, and one too many "accidents." Mobtown seethes with undercurrents of passion, drips with moody detail, and brims over with proof that Jack Kelly deserves an honored place among writers of suspense and detective fiction.
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As divorced ex-cop-turned-PI Dwight "Ike" Van Savage (an attempt to evoke both Eisenhower and Doc Savage?) trails philandering Eddie Gill, a husband and father of four involved with a 16-year-old girl, Ike's thoughts turn to his own 10-year-old daughter: "I didn't want to think of her growing up ...| Read Full Review of Mobtown: A Novel
It's a fast-talking Humphrey Bogart world, but in the hands of a lesser writer, all the gun molls and tough guys—even names like Ike Van Savage—might run the story into a brick wall of clichés.Jan 21 2002 | Read Full Review of Mobtown: A Novel
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