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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (90 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlie Newton Narrator: Serafin Falcon, Tish Hicks, Nancy Linar Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“The best way I can describe the Four Corners neighbor­hood of Chicago is find a length of rebar, scratch a big cross into the concrete, set your feet solid in the quadrant you like best, lean back, and start shooting.” 

Officer Bobby Vargas is hard-edged but idealistic, a Chicago cop who stands at the epicenter of a subterranean plot that will have horrific ramifications for both himself and the entire city. Twenty-five years earlier, a gruesome murder rocked the unforgiving streets of Four Corners. Now, sud­denly, a dying Chicago paper is running a serial exposé on new evidence in that old case, threatening to implicate Bobby and his older brother, Ruben—a decorated, high-ranking detective and cop- prince of the streets. The smear campaign stirs up decades-old bad blood, leading the Vargas brothers down an increasingly twisted and terrifying path, where the sins of the past threaten to destroy what remains of the truth. 

As readers and critics discovered in his first novel, Calumet City, Charlie Newton’s Chicago is a landscape as brutal and poignant as any in modern crime fiction—a multi-faceted, shockingly violent labyrinth of gangland politics, political backstabbing, corporate malfeasance, and, possi­bly, hope. Start Shooting is a riveting read.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suziqoregon | 2/5/2014

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna S | 12/21/2013

    " I absolutely loved the writing. The characters were developed and likable, and I liked their alternating first-person storylines. I only wish the plot was a bit more believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nick | 12/11/2013

    " Slow to get started and more than a bit overwrought in places, but it's worth hanging in there for a reasonably-gripping crime story full of twists, turns, and double-crosses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 12/5/2013

    " A gritty fast paced,complex, gritty, somewhat confusing, twisted police procedural. Harder to follow than Calumet City but still enjoyable. "

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