Dialogues of a Crime
by John K Manos
on Tour March 17 - May 31, 2014
Genre: Crime Fiction
Published by: Amika Press
Publication Date: July 26, 2013
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: July 26, 2013
NOTE: Excessive strong language & Graphic violence
Reviews:Kirkus: "BEST INDIE THRILLS AND KILLS OF 2013" "A character-driven crime novel ruled by complex men facing the past."
Synopsis:(from Kirkus Reviews)
In Dialogues of a Crime, Michael Pollitz must decide whether to protect the mobster who has protected him.
When Mike, a college student in 1972 Illinois, is arrested on drug charges, his father insists he use a public defender. His childhood friend’s father, Dom Calabria, head of the Outfit in Chicago, wants to help Mike by providing a first-rate lawyer, but Mike goes with his father’s wishes. The outcome is a plea bargain for a short stay in Astoria Adult Correctional Facility—but after he’s brutally beaten and raped by three inmates, Mike spends most of his sentence in the infirmary. He doesn’t give up his assailants’ names but threatens their lives right before he’s set to be released. When Mike is picked up by the head of the mob, people notice.
Flash forward to 1994, when Detective Larry Klinger begins investigating the murders of two former Astoria inmates who were violently killed shortly after being released. An informant—the third man who beat Mike—tells Klinger that the murders were committed by Calabria, the kingpin whom Klinger would like to see taken down. Klinger investigates, coming in contact with Mike, and the two form a friendship. When Klinger realizes that Mike will never give up Calabria, he begins to wonder whether it’s even worth investigating the murders of such evil men.
If you love a really good mystery with some thrilling parts in it, then this is the book for you! I wasn't too sure if I was going to like this book in the first chapter because I really don't like the way some laws are performed and the punishment didn't fit the crime and I think Mike got a really bad lawyer, but it makes for some very interesting reading.
I will tell you that there is only one bad scene in the book and the rest is just assumed. There really is no details of the crimes other than that they happened but nobody ever finds out who did it and in a strange way, I was very glad about that. Because what was done to Mike was really awful and everyone in the book except for the State Attorney, really wanted Mike to be left alone. Even the detective investigating this 20 something year old case didn't have quite the stomach for it.
If you love a good mystery with justice being served although rather in a strange way with no clear concept of who the real culprit is, you will love this book as much as I did. Sometimes, just sometimes, it's worth it getting justice for a wrong that should have never happened. Even the prison guards wanted the men responsible who did this awful thing to be punished, so I rest my case.
When bad people get what they deserve, I feel no guilt, no qualms, no lost sleep. They got exactly what they deserved. If all criminals got the same punishment that they themselves inflicted on innocent people, just maybe, we wouldn't have so much crime and murder going on if they knew that the same fate awaited them if they got caught. I for one, would look the other way and say, I didn't see anything. Maybe, just maybe, then everyone could breathe a little bit more and feel safer in this world.
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John K. Manos was a magazine editor in Chicago for 20 years. Since 2001 he has earned his living as a writer, editor, and occasional musician. He is a graduate of Knox College. Dialogues of a Crime is his first novel.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.