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BOOK REVIEW: ONCE WERE COPS
BY KEN BRUEN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.



I found Once Were Cops to be a story that kept me reading without stop to the last page. Then I went back and read parts again. Next I wanted someone to discuss the book with but no one was available.

Matthew Patrick O’Shea arrives in New York from Ireland by virtue of an exchange program whereby police officers in New York would exchange with Ireland. O’Shea or Shea as he is known did not come by this assignment honestly. But then Shea very seldom comes by anything honestly. His outward appearance is impressive but the person that lurks beneath the outside veneer is ruthless, cold-blooded and someone that is to be feared.

The NYPD teams Shea with Kurt Browski a/k/a Kebar. Kebar is not well liked and with good reason. Kebar is known for his violence. His one soft spot is Lucia, his sister. Lucia is a beautiful woman with a child’s mind. Kebar pays for her care with money he earns by dealing with the mob.

Shea has moments of “zoning out” and violence against women seems to always occur during one of these periods but Shea manages to avoid suspicion.

Although Kebar starts out disliking Shea they come to an understanding and Kebar feels he finally has a partner that he can depend on. Little does Kebar realize that Shea has no feelings for anyone other than Shea.

This is a novel full of violence and leaves a lot for the reader to puzzle over after the last page is turned. Once Were Cops is a novel that is sure to be the subject of discussion on various mystery newsgroups.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA REID


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