A tip from a dying cop puts a reporter on a long-closed murder case.
Easy E.J. McMahon rests six feet underneath the playground at an elementary school in Little Italy. A one-time steakhouse owner with a gambling problem, his troubles started when a struggle broke out for control of a mob family, and E.J. backed the wrong man. E.J. fled to the airport, planning to hop a plane to Wyoming, but was met at the gate by two heavies with badges. As they dragged him out of the airport, he wailed that the men were not real cops. They put him under the cement while he was still breathing.
Fifteen years later, newspaperman John Wells gets a call from a dying cop who wants to make a confession. Easy E.J. was wrong: They were cops, working on the mob payroll. Wells goes after the dead cop’s partner, chasing a story so good that it might be worth getting buried alive.
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I have really enjoyed all the Klavan books I have read. He has appeared on Red Eye a few times and he has a quick wit. So I looked up his writing. I will pick up another of the John Wells mysteries. He is a hard-bitten, old fashioned journalist. I can picture Humphrey Bogart playing the part.
Entirely believable story in Klavan's telling of how a man could get entangled in a charge of murder for defending himself. I had no idea of how the various story threads would be pulled together until the very end. In fact the ending exposed plot threads that were only apparent in retrospect which sent me back into the book to re-read some scenes that did not appear to have much bearing on the plot upon first reading. The search feature is another one of the reasons I like reading on the Kindle. Overall, an outstanding mystery.