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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Hawke Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fritz Malone Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781415931691
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It’s a beautiful Thanksgiving morning in New York City—perfect day for a parade—and Fritz Malone just happens to have drifted up Central Park West to take a look at the floats. Across the crowd-filled street he sees a gunman on a low wall, taking aim with a shiny black Beretta. Seconds later, the air is filled with bullets and blood.

Fritz isn’t one to stand around and watch. A child of Hell’s Kitchen and the bastard son of a beloved former police commissioner, Fritz is all too familiar with the city’s rougher side. As the gunman flees into the park, Fritz runs after him. What he doesn’t know is that he is also running into one of the most shocking and treacherous episodes of his life.

Though Fritz assumed that chasing down bad guys is perfectly legal, the cops hustle him from the scene and deliver him to the office of the current commissioner, who informs Fritz that someone dubbed “Nightmare” has been taunting the city’s leaders for weeks, warning of an imminent attack on the citizenry. What’s worse, Nightmare has already let the officials know that the parade gunman was a mere foot soldier and that there’s more carnage to come unless the city meets his impossible demands. The pols don’t dare share this information with anyone—not even the NYPD. What they need for this job is an outside man. And in Fritz they think they’ve got one.

Racing against the tightest of clocks, Fritz finds himself confounded by Nightmare’s multiple masks and messengers. The killer is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. But as Fritz’s frantic investigation takes him from a convent in the Bronx to a hookers’ haven in central Brooklyn, the story behind the story—complete with wicked secrets on both sides of the law—begins to emerge. As Fritz zeroes in on the terrible, gruesome truth, the killer retaliates by making things personal, forcing Fritz to grapple with his deepest fear: sometimes nightmares really do come true.

In his brilliantly paced and stunningly original debut, Richard Hawke delivers a tale of flawed and unforgettable people operating at the ends of their ropes. It’s literary suspense that doesn’t let go until the last page.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/19/2014

    " Um thriller alucinante! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/10/2014

    " Looking for more Hawke to read - loved the humorous stream-of-conciousness thoughts of the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/8/2014

    " Read this for book club. Not bad. Doesn't read like the first book in a series. There's alot of 'hints' of other stories. I guess the author has more planned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/24/2013

    " Enjoyed it. Easy reading. I enjoyed the relationship between Fritz and his girlfriend Margo. Good twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/28/2013

    " A very good story. Very well-written and exciting. Left me totally wanting more. I will be starting the second one soon. I really like the character Fritz Malone, he was so believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/24/2013

    " great listening, but disappointing ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 2/10/2013

    " Fritz Malone comes to the city's leaders rescue when a killer dubed "Nightmare" begins adding up the body count. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 12/3/2012

    " Enjoyable detective story. I liked this author's other books (written under what I presume is his real name) and this one is an interesting change in characters but not voice, which is good, because I like the humor with which he writes his detective stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ScottK | 8/15/2012

    " Well written.This may be telling a bit to much about myself but I did not see the ending coming. Can not wait to read his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/25/2012

    " I've been away from the detective novel for too long. I try to stay faithful to Archie Goodwin, but ah Fritz Malone, he could sway me. Step aside Spencer; this guy's just as smart and doesn't wear it on his sleeve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 3/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed Mr. Hawke's writing style. He reminds me of Robert Crais -- sarcastic, witty, yet enough action to keep it interesting. He wrote another series of books (Hitchcock Sewell was the protagonist) under the name Tim Cockey. Those were enjoyable, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/30/2012

    " Very Good! I enjoyed this very much although I really miss the character (Hitchcock Sewell) from his other books that he wrote under the name Tim Cockey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Young | 11/4/2011

    " Maybe not a real five star book, but so much fun I'll give it 5 anyway. An easy read with a funny, wry voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Warner | 7/28/2011

    " this is a great first book. I will read further by Richard Hawke. He is reminiscent of Lawrence Block with the edge of humor. It's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/28/2011

    " Good detective yarn. Different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 3/10/2011

    " Maybe not a real five star book, but so much fun I'll give it 5 anyway. An easy read with a funny, wry voice.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 3/5/2011

    " Um triller alucinante! ( A Pele Do Diabo ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 11/17/2010

    " A very good story. Very well-written and exciting. Left me totally wanting more. I will be starting the second one soon. I really like the character Fritz Malone, he was so believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/16/2010

    " Looking for more Hawke to read - loved the humorous stream-of-conciousness thoughts of the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/6/2010

    " Enjoyed it. Easy reading. I enjoyed the relationship between Fritz and his girlfriend Margo. Good twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/20/2010

    " I've been away from the detective novel for too long. I try to stay faithful to Archie Goodwin, but ah Fritz Malone, he could sway me. Step aside Spencer; this guy's just as smart and doesn't wear it on his sleeve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/13/2010

    " Very Good! I enjoyed this very much although I really miss the character (Hitchcock Sewell) from his other books that he wrote under the name Tim Cockey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/17/2009

    " great listening, but disappointing ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy-Del | 10/20/2008

    " A great read. It is an inense mystery that follows a PI working with the police who knows he's not being told the whole story by anyone.

    I picked it up because Charlaine Harris recommended it. Otherwise I might never have noticed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 5/28/2008

    " Enjoyable detective story. I liked this author's other books (written under what I presume is his real name) and this one is an interesting change in characters but not voice, which is good, because I like the humor with which he writes his detective stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ScottK | 8/18/2007

    " Well written.This may be telling a bit to much about myself but I did not see the ending coming. Can not wait to read his next book. "

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About the Author
Richard Hawke is the author of Speak of the Devil. He lives in New York City. Visit his web site at www.RHawke.com.
About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.