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Good Sons

K. C. Constantine

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ISBN 10: 0892965444 / ISBN 13: 9780892965441
Published by Mysterious Press, 1996
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Title: Good Sons

Publisher: Mysterious Press

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Good

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It's been months since Mario Balzic retired, and the position of Rocksburg's police chief has been open ever since. To the dismay of Detective Sergeant Rugs Carlucci, Mayor Angelo Bellotti is holding his cards close to his chest. A career underachiever with some surprising inner strengths, Rugs isn't even sure of his own ambitions. Carlucci's aging, incessantly demanding mother is already complaining about her son's hefty overtime duty, unwilling to understand that without it he couldn't afford the care she needs. And Rugs knows the job itself would be more pain than prestige, with a department out of money and dirt-low on staff. Now Rugs faces a grisly, unexpected test of his suddenly elevated status. A woman has been found horribly raped and mortally battered.

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Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, may be as familiar to mystery fans as Winesburg, Ohio, is to American lit majors. It's home to police chief Mario Balzic and a memorable population of working-class ethnics who lived and died in 11 first-rate novels. When the author "retired" Balzic, this reviewer was one of many fans who went into mourning. So Good Sons is a true joy. Rocksburg endures, and Detective Sergeant Ruggiero "Rugs" Carlucci, Mario's self-deprecating protege, must persevere. He's investigating a brutal rape that becomes murder, being a good son to his demented mother--she's writing threatening letters to Jeopardy's Alex Trebek--and alternately hoping and fearing that he'll be selected to replace Mario. (Rugs' investigation turns up a stupid scam gone murderously wrong. It also demonstrates to those around him, if not to Rugs himself, that he's a talented, tenacious, and caring cop and human being.) Constantine is in top form here. Good Sons is filled with fascinating characters, wonderful dialogue, and a subtle but knowing indictment of the loss of an economic safety net for the working poor. And best of all, somewhere 30 miles from Pittsburgh, and halfway between apathy and anarchy, Rocksburg endures. Thomas Gaughan

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