Jerry Oster Fixin' to Die

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Fixin' to Die

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When prisoner Elvis Polk kills two cops just before he was to testify about a recent heist at JFK, Detective Joe Cullen must follow a trail of dirty cops and dirty money to find out the truth. Reprint.

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Inoffensive convict Elvis Polk's shooting of NYPD officer Jenny Swale in the opening paragraph here (her partner Luther Todd has to wait until the next page) sets off a dizzying plot whose leading question is: Where did handcuffed Elvis get his gun if not via a police plant in Jenny's car? It's a question that swiftly implicates both New York's finest (Joe Cullen, of Internal Affairs, focuses on his old drinking buddy Commissioner Phil Hriniak, who was the subject not only of Jenny's sexual-harassment complaint the previous year, but also of an amateurish sex photo costarring Jenny's roommate Jo Dante) and New York's loudest (why are glamorous news anchor Samantha Cox and policeman-turned-councilman Steven Poole so interested in the accidental death of 14-year-old Quintana Davidoff, a case that Joe's main squeeze, Ann Jones, has been working on)? As in veteran Oster's earlier procedurals (Violent Love, p. 288, etc.): lots of tough/silly talk, lots of guys getting hammered (girls too--Jenny Swale is only the first), lots of good dirty fun for all. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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A police procedural is expected to deliver a realistic account of cops solving a crime. Oster ( Sweet Justice ) oversteps that goal in a gory new NYPD thriller in which nearly every policeman is irredeemably corrupt and almost every woman is a slut avid for sex in any variation. Middle-aged detective Joe Cullen, whose hip still throbs from a bullet he took months before in a shootout that left his partner dead, is assigned to investigate how and why two detectives were murdered while transporting a prisoner. Elvis Polk, a white punk who wishes he were black, was being brought to Manhattan from an upstate prison after volunteering information about an air-cargo theft. Cullen smells a setup but has no idea how deep its roots are--nor that it will put his life and that of his lover, TV reporter Ann Jones, in danger. Pornographic details, lengthy digressions and repetitions, lists of brand names and song titles, excerpted rock lyrics and artifical-sounding police jargon slow the story line and diminish rather than establish its verisimilitude.
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