Hard Knocks by Howie Carr

Mar 15, 2012

I am always on the lookout to find new hard-boiled mysteries/thrillers so I happened onto this book while browsing and decided to give it a try.  I’m glad I did.  What a fun read!  Jack Reilly is a retired cop just trying to make it through the day.  His “brudda” is in prison and complicates his life no end.  So he ends up doing a favor for his brudda’s friend and the next thing you know, the guy gets popped right after talking to Reilly.  See where I am goin wit dis?  Did I mention the story takes place in Boston? Anyway, there are more twists and turns in this tale than a giant rollercoaster, and you get to go along for the ride.  Chandler once said, “If you don’t know what to do next, send a man through the door with a gun in his hand.”  This book has that feel. I also enjoyed the up-close-and-personal take on Boston politics, the corruption and how it works.  Hard Knocks is Mr. Carr’s first book of fiction and I hope it is not his last.

Reviewed by Library Staff