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Hell's Gate

Richard E. Crabbe, Author
Richard E. Crabbe, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne $24.95 (322p) ISBN 978-0-312-34159-6
Reviewed on: 04/21/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
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Crabbe's third novel (after The Empire of Shadows and Suspension ) links a pedestrian police investigation plot to New York City's worst pre-9/11 catastrophe, the 1904 fire aboard the steamship General Slocum , which claimed more than a thousand lives. The city is in the grip of numerous gangs, but Det. Sgt. Mike Braddock, the son of a legendary police captain, manages to throw a monkey wrench into their operations by disrupting a smuggling operation in the East River. One of the smugglers dies with the word “bottler” on his lips, giving Braddock a lead to pursue. A less-than-compelling subplot centers on Braddock's love interest, Ginny Caldwell, a prostitute who's forced to find new work after a run-in with a customer. The climax disappoints, despite the inherent drama of the General Slocum disaster. (June)

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