by Cray, David.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F CRA
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F CRA
Dormont Public Library Mystery MYST CRAY
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  MYST CRAY
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F CRAY David
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F CRAY David
On July 8 Jorge "Finito" Rakowski is released from the Otus Bantam Correctional Center on Rikers Island, where he has served ninety days for Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree; he's a thief. Nine months, thirteen victims, and several Latino aliases later, the handsome, sandy-haired Finito, whose magnetism only begins in his penetrating green eyes, has with deadly invention raised his criminal stakes. He has become a serial killer. In this gripping, new police procedural, the enthusiastically reviewed David Cray again lays bare the ambitions and betrayals among New York City's police detectives at the same time that he explores the darker side of the criminal mind. For NYPD's Belinda Moore--confident, cool, professional, black--and her dogged, promotion-hungry partner, Pudge Pedersson, find themselves not only baffled as to the identity of the notorious, slippery, and increasingly desperate Break-In Killer, but also battling, and defying, their superiors in the police bureaucracy. More and more, Belinda and Pedersson realize they can't crack the case and play by the book. What they don't realize is where the case--and a perp who's on to them--is dangerously, maybe even fatally, taking them.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "NYPD detectives Belinda Moore and Pudge Pedersson are partners with decidedly differents agendas. She wants to retire soon with a good pension, and Pudge wants to get promoted. Both are good detectives, a quality that becomes obvious when they pull two seemingly disparate killings: a female street hooker and an upper-middle-class businesswoman. Their concerns of a serial killer fall on politically sensitized ears, but as the bodies continue to accumulate, Moore and Pedersson's superiors grudgingly form a task force. As the case progresses, so does the killer's depravity and cunning. Inflicting death is like no drug he's ever known; he'll either keep killing or die trying. Cray, a pseudonym for a well-known mystery writer, will draw comparisons to Ed McBain. He has a similar sense of the street cop's ceaseless conflict between home and profession as well as the struggle to do a job well in a highly politicized environment. An outstanding procedural, both for its chilling portrayal of the killer's dementia and for its prickly view of a bureaucracy's painfully slow attempt to contend with it. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The pseudonymous Cray delivers a routine police procedural likely to disappoint fans of his courtroom thriller Bad Lawyer (2001) and his two books about NYPD detective Julia Brennan, Little Girl Blue (2001) and What You Wish For (2002). Belinda Moore, a tough, smart black woman, teams up with a hard-working but less gifted white NYPD cop, Pudge Pedersson. Both are saddled with an incompetent and racist lieutenant, Jerry Malden, who does his best to derail their efforts in tracking down a slippery serial killer, Jorge "Finito" Rakowski, recently released from prison on Riker's Island. Rakowski has the ability to work both sides of the ethnic street-passing himself off as a Hispanic drug user as well as a more romantic Greenwich Village resident-as he leaves behind a trail of murdered women. But Rakowski isn't terribly interesting in any other way, and both Moore and Pedersson with their familiar domestic concerns could have stepped right out of a dozen television shows or other cop novels. Even the dreary police politics has been done better, by everyone from Ed McBain to whomever David Cray really is. (Feb. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Serial murderers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Police -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Crime -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Criminals -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Legal stories.
Publisher New York :Carroll & Graf,2004
Edition 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Other Titles Partners :
Language English
Notes "An Otto Penzler Book."
Description 281 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0786712929
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