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Bag Men: A Novel

Costello, Mark

Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1997
ISBN 10: 0393039986 / ISBN 13: 9780393039986
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Title: Bag Men: A Novel

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Signed by Author 0393039986 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007230

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The authenticity of George V. Higgins and the hipness of Carl Hiassen combine to galvanic effect in this debut police thriller of Boston in the sixties.

The authenticity of George V. Higgins and the hipness of Carl Hiassen combine to galvanic effect in this debut police thriller of Boston in the sixties. An urban police thriller and first novel with a differenceliterary smarts and the real inside skinny on big-city politics and crime fighting. New Year's Day, 1965. The body of Father George Sedgewick is discovered on a snow-covered runway of Logan Airport, brutally murdered. No leads. Missing: four thousand hosts, blessed by the Pope, meant to be given out to the faithful at the first English-language mass in America later that year. Assigned to the case: Ray Dunn, rising young assistant district attorney, son of a corrupt cop. In another part of the city, legendary narcotics detective Manny Manning begins a desperate search for the shadowy source of deadly new heroin hitting the streets. This time Manny is determined to reach the top, but his adversary is cunning, brutaland branching out into a strange new drug called "acid". . . These quests for a killer and a dealer will intersect, unleashing the ghosts of the past and unlocking the secrets of Boston's most powerful institutions. Authentic, knowing, bracingly cynical, Bag Men immediately launches John Flood into the first rank of America's crime writers.

Review: This is a hardboiled thriller set in a very particular place and time: Boston, 1965. The complex plot is launched by the discovery of a priest's mutilated corpse on a snowy runway at Logan Airport; meanwhile, a new, potent variety of heroin is killing users in the slums of Boston. These two seemingly unrelated stories quickly begin to intersect and converge, entangling the personal lives of two dedicated but very different investigators. As the search for the ultimate culprit heats up, Flood demonstrates a fine ear for dialog, a strong sense of rhythm, and a convincing feel for the Boston of thirty years ago.

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