In Brooklyn, a female jogger is brutally raped; the assailants are convicted and later exonerated by the Kings County DA. Now the guilty are filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of New York, the police, and the two Brooklyn Assistant DAs who tried the case. Caught in the glare of the media-frenzy, Butch Karp may be blinded to the lethal maneuverings of a terrorist cell plotting to bring the city to its knees by striking Times Square on New Year's Eve. But the destruction begins far below ground, in the subway system -- where Karp's family may become their first victims....
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Customer Reviews (37)
Not bad, if you skim the middle section on terrorism
Maybe it's because I am from New York that I see the resemblance of the main plot here to the case of the Central Park jogger - a young woman who was running alone in the park and was attacked and brutally beaten.She, too, was terribly injured and was unable to go back to her career in finance or her hobby of piano-playing.She, too, was so traumatized (and in a lengthy coma) that she could not testify about her attackers.Nevertheless, a group of young African-American men were convicted and sent to prison, only to be released years later when some other man confessed to being the lone attacker.Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other leaders in the African-American community trumpeted loud and long about the innocence of the original group.Tannenbaum has used all of these facts in the book and given a twist to what was and wasn't made public at the time.
The author has taken just a few liberties with these cicrumstances and constructed a complex tale of vengeance, prison gangs and the lasting effects of crime.I liked the interweaving of the Russian mafia, the street gangs and the legal system's corruption.Very cleverly done, even if the lead characters (whom I didn't know since this was my first Butch and Marlene book) seemed rather flat.On the other hand, the investigative and courtroom action was well-done and moved quickly.
Unfortunately, the author decided to include two additional subplots: a sexual harassment suit against a college professor and a terrorist plot on Times Square.[Note: I am writing this a few weeks after the unsuccessful terrorist plot at Times Square.]While I am all for solid plots, these two elements really were not well-connected to the main plot and seemed to come out of nowhere. Plus, the characters introduced were, well, to put it kindly, unbelievable. I skimmed a great number of those pages in the middle of the book, with no loss to the exciting final scenes that resolved the main plot.
where to begin?
What to sub-terranial "mole people", Middle-Eastern terrorists, Cowboys and Indians from New Mexico, Russia mob bosses, convicted rapists and their victims, WMD, college profs and their students, Vietnamese war veterans (from Vietnam), and NY District Attorneys - all have in common?They are in this book.That's all.Sound Random?It is.Do not waste your time.
Too bad for the good parts
This story about Butch Karp and his wife Marlene and their brood, is a complete and total mess.What was a good story about NYC politics and back room dealings, that are based on a brutal rape, was a good premise.Then we have to have all of these subplots, including a Native American characters "dream" about a terrorist plot with a dirty bomby in Time Square.A visit to "underworld", as a tribute to HG Wells, and I wonder how drunk the author was when he wrote parts of this.I listened to the audio CD and Lee Sellars performance is very good, despite the subject matter. The fact that he takes this ridiculous story into a tease for the next book, makes me want to puke.Completely improbable situations compounded one upon another.
This book is color coded. If Tanenbaum says someone has blue eyes, they're good; "swarthy" means they're Middle Eastern, so they're clearly terrorists, aren't they all; black means evil, bad, but say some of those boys sure can play basketball. But don't be deceived. In this book you will learn that if an African American studies hard enough to become a high school valedictorian, he's actually just putting on a show for whitey, and his real goal is to rape and murder.
Street people are crazy, disgusting, and smelly, but some of them are so cute they can't enunciate: this is to show what a nice guy Tanenbaum is deep down.
This book is so full of mindless `patriotism' that even Russian gangsters love the US Constitution. I thought, Why does the author declaim such great love for the Constitution while he so obviously idolizes the very administration that is working so hard to trample that very same Constitution? Based on what I learned from the book, I quickly rebuked myself, What's wrong with you, thinking like that, don't think! what are you, some sort of bleeding heart liberal? A bleeding heart is better than no heart at all.
This book has very little heart or head to it. Once you figure out the outlines of the plot, there is little suspense beyond wondering who is going to play what role as the implausible melodrama unfolds. I have read a couple other Tanenbaum books, when nothing else was available, and felt that his writing is about as subtle, sophisticated, and believable as a Batman comic book. That observation in mind, I was amused to note several times in this book the author does indeed invoke the Dynamic Duo.
A couple minor details I was curious about. One of the bad guys (didn't have blue eyes) is named Radinskaya; I thought an ~aya ending was a woman's name, but I'm not sure about this. Tran says "Em vui ve gap lai," but in Viet Namese, em is the pronoun used by young women.
Tanenbaum's not a bigot, oh no. One of the young men is described as "a brooding, dark-visaged throwback to man's primitive past." Tanenbaum should just come out and call him a gorilla and say he thinks black people are evil and inferior, instead of just insinuating. He does more than insinuate; he states clearly that the evil-doers were "Middle Eastern, Asian, or black. Not a Hispanic or a white among them." Hispanics are sort of white, I guess. I can't believe that any African-American or Muslim would enjoy reading this book. I didn't.
The funniest part of the book is near the beginning, where righteous Karp believes that the attorney should "seek justice, `not win at any cost.'" The back flap says Tanenbaum "has never lost a felony case." Hmmmm.
This is a bad one and is unworthy of Tannenbaum.
I've always enjoyed Tannenbaum's books, but this one is an exception.Simply put, it seems to be a rather amateurish rewrite of his earlier book ''Resolved''.The plots are very nearly identical, which is bad enough, but the writing is not up to Tannenbaum at all...the similes are contrived and unnecessary, the plot drags badly in spots and the antagonists are like the antagonists in a bad Clint Eastwood movie -- no redeeming features at all.
There is a terrorist plot to blow up half of NYC with ammonium nitrate and gasoline (Resolved) - a crooked DA (Resolved -- altho' this one is in Brooklyn, and in this case, a judge is also involved), a crooked attorney on his own staff (Resolved), Karp shoots down the crooked lawyer and a lying witness or two with skillful courtroom badinage and procedural manipulation (Resolved) -- there's a fight in the sewers of Manhattan and Lucy's homeless friends are involved (Resolved) .
One gets the feeling reading this book that Tannenbaum's publisher was pounding on his door demanding a new book NOW so the book was rushed....either that, or there's a new developmental editor at work here.In either case, ''Fury'' is not worth the paper it's written on (my opinion), and if you're expecting a typical Tannenbaum novel, you won't get it in this book.
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