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 anyonenot 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 storycomplete with wicked secrets on both sides of the lawbegins 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.
Thriller writer's beware, there's a new kid in town - or should one say a new pseudonym! Richard Hawke (aka Tim Cockey) enters the over-crowded thriller market with his wisecracking private investigator, Fritz Malone, and the critics are full of praise. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
A loaded backstory, compelling minor characters and clever, literate writing promise great things ahead for Hawke, who crams too much into the finale. In fact, it's hard to believe this is a first novel.
The welcome latest addition to the peeper community is a semi-tough, semi-slick, semi-noir son of a former NYPD commissioner. ...Like most of the noir persuasion, Fritz is a confirmed ironist, but his is somehow a kinder, gentler mode.
Booklist - Allison Block
Starred Review. Hawke explores the moral high and low ground (nuns and prostitutes and pimps, oh my!) in a deftly paced debut that crackles and pops from page.
Library Journal - Jo Ann Vicarel
Read this for compelling characters and an intriguing, fast-paced plot and pick up the next book, too. Hawke has what it takes to write great thrillers.
From first line to last, Speak of the Devil moves with a rare combination of intrigue and intensity. Its engine runs on high octane adrenalin. Richard Hawke delivers a winner.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Melissa Film Noir Combination of the great reading of Paul Michael on this audio book and Hawke's writing. This was a whodunit with a great lead character. Fritz Malone, P.I., evokes the vision of an old black and white film noir - hat tilted, cigarette dangling... Read More
About the author: Richard Hawke is a pseudonym of
Tim Cockey, also author of the humorous mystery
series featuring undertaker Hitchcock Sewell which
starts with The Hearse You Came In On.
Speak of the Devil is the first of his Fritz Malone
series written under the name Richard Hawke. The
second will be published next week (Mar 13, 2007) and
was written up in the February issue of "BookBrowse
Previews". Booklist gave it a starred review
saying, "Hawke's smart prose, easy wit, and unforced
pathos make this a great suggestion for readers mourning
the loss of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar or Stephen
Greenleaf's John Marshall Tanner."
Invite The Author: Tim Cockey is available to chat with BookBrowse members about either his Hearse books or his Fritz Malone series written as Richard Hawke. Visit Invite the Author for his contact...
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