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Angel Wings [Format Kindle]

Howard Kaminsky

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As a veteran member of the Providence police department's elite homicide squad, Detective Danny Martell has seen his fair share of dead bodies. But he’s never seen anything quite like this. Women around the city are being brutally murdered, their dead faces elaborately made up and fabric angel wings attached to their lifeless bodies. The attacks are immediately dubbed "the Angel Murders"—yet it doesn’t take long for the deadly crime wave to drag Danny into his own personal hell…

Because soon after the killings begin, Danny’s wife, Linda, abruptly disappears. And when his worst fears are realized, a grief-stricken Danny redoubles his efforts to hunt down the deranged serial killer. But is Linda just another random "angel"? Or is she the victim of a copycat killer with a vendetta against Danny?

Gritty, suspenseful, and fiendishly fascinating, this chilling whodunit will keep readers guessing right alongside Danny—and on the very edge of their seats until the final page is turned.

Biographie de l'auteur

Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, Howard Kaminsky attended Brooklyn College, San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The author of seven books, he previously was president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House, and William Morrow/Avon, and he served on the Board of Directors of American Publishers Association and the National Book Foundation. His screenplays include 1972’s Homebodies. He co-produced the film My Dog Tulip and he is currently producing a documentary, The Two Popes, about the man who created the National Enquirer and his father. Today he splits his time between New York City and Connecticut, where he is at work on his new novel, The Perfection Project.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 254 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas & Mercer (2 avril 2013)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This Seemed A Bit Muddled To Me 19 février 2013
Par M. Galindo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A dectective from Providence, RI, is put on the case of serial killer who leaves his victims as "angels" in very public locations. The set up for this serial killer and the mystery surrounding this seems interesting enough, but then the dectective's wife disappears and is found deceased - has she become a victim?

This novel has all the earmarks of what could be a very good crime thriller. However, it fell short of the mark for me. The case of the "Angel Wings" serial killer gets buried amongst other, lesser important, more boring (read: page fillers) crime cases, and the reader is initially left wondering if all of this is going to tie in eventually. When the "mystery" of the Angel Wings kill does come back into view, solving it is a snap and way, way too easy or suspenseful.

And it seems there is mention of a restaurant or food or cooking on every single page of this book. Yes, I know people must eat. And yes, the main character has a family who owns a restaurant. I get it. But seriously, every time the individuals in this novel turn around, they are eating, going to eat, or cooking. To me, it was nothing more that page fillers. Give me a meaty story, not a story about what kind of meat a character is eating for dinner.

Having become recently widowed, I am very sensitive to stories of individual who lose their spouses. In this story, the main character looses his spouse in a very tragic, violent way. Granted, their marriage was having problems, but he was supposedly still very much in love with his wife. Yet, he flies through any grieving period and manages to "hook up" with some one else very, very quickly. It left me with the feeling the author didn't have a real grasp of what it means or how it feels to lose a spouse and full range of emotions one goes through.

This wasn't a thoroughly bad novel, and it was a quick read, it just had a lot lacking in it. It needed a lot less "fluff" and more story. It was almost as if the author had an idea, but never truly developed that idea to it's fullest. I felt let down.
18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unpleasant protagonist, and unsatisfying ending. 28 mars 2013
Par Alexandra Henshel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When murdered prostitutes start being found in Providence, made up to look like dead angels, Detective Danny Martell is on the case. But when his wife, Linda, disappears and then is found dead in what seems to be a copycat killing, his involvement becomes much more personal.
This could have been a solid noir thriller, but the protagonist, Martell, is absolutely vile. He barely mourns his wife, his detection skills and work ethic are weak, and half the book seemed to be given over to describing delicious sounding feasts of Italian food on Federal Hill.
Should have been a cookbook- would have left the reader with more satisfaction than the half-baked ending.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Falls Flat 10 mars 2013
Par Antigone Walsh - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Preying on prostitutes, a serial killer is dressing and displaying their murdered bodies as angels, complete with fabric wings. Enter Detective Danny Martell. Martell, the scion of a large and warm Italian family, is called to investigate. Martell abandoned a potential legal career to become a cop, disappointing his father, an attorney. But then Martell's beautiful investment banker wife disappears. When the wife turns up dead, the investigation is thrown into high gear, leading Martell to question everyone and everything he knows.

This book is a muddled mess. Even though there is a serial killer afoot, the cops are distracted by low priority investigations and personal interests. Martell apparently never misses a meal or a cocktail and his smarmy casanovaish brute of a partner spends more time hitting on witnesses than solving cases. The hunt for the serial killer is buried beneath a load of other nonsense. It is hard to believe that Martell would be allowed anywhere near the investigation in view of his personal connection. When the book finally does return to the killings, the little momentum generated was lost.

The characters are not likeable. The men lack values and the women morals. The speed in which Martell beds an atractive young actress contradicts his expressions of love and grief for his newly dead wife. The female police chief is protrayed as doddering and unprofessional. The detectives are boors putting their own interests ahead of the law.

This book fell flat. The promise of a taut suspenseful story was never realized due to the competing storylines, uninteresting characters and clumsy exposition. I can't recommend it.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A quick read that had it's moments 19 mars 2013
Par K. Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Angel Wings follows the story of Danny, a cop who is investigating murders of prostitutes who have "angel wings" on them when found. Danny is married to Linda. Linda is adored by his family and is a workaholic who makes more money than he does. Danny's relationship with his father is not good because he chose to be a cop instead of a lawyer. One night, Linda doesn't come home. She's "staying with a friend". Linda is found dead and assumed to be another "angel wings" murder. The other cops aren't sure that Linda is one of them. It doesn't seem right. Maybe a copycat?

In between the Angel Wing murders Danny and his partner Alex help bust a scumbag landlord who wanted his renter killed to get her out. Danny starts dating Molly, who is the renter.

The story follows more murders, investigating, Danny's family loving Molly (although his wife just died so I find that disturbing), Danny and Molly's dates, Molly's acting (in plays) and ultimately, the *bust* of the Angel Wing murders (or was it?).

I thought the end of the book (the wrap up of Linda's murder) seemed thrown together and was disappointing. It almost seemed like "oh, yeah...we need to wrap that piece up so here we go....".
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Plodding procedural offers little suspense 24 novembre 2013
Par Alan A. Elsner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
How interesting that the former president of a major publishing conglomerate has no talent whatsoever for fiction. This book fails to deliver a compelling plot and is inhabited by papermache characters with a tepid "love affair" at its center.Oh, and I forgot to mention that the dialogue is particularly wooden. Presumably the boss wanted to show his underlings that he can write a book with the best of them. Presumably none of the underlings felt like saying that the emperor has no clothes.

The most realistic and compelling aspect of this novel is the food. Every single meal and drink consumed during a plot that lasts several weeks or months is described in loving detail. The protagonist is part of a huge and hungry Italian-American clan - but we don't only get Italian food -- there is also Asian, Mexican and even American. The hero, Detective Danny Martell, is particularly fussy about his coffee and his vodka. For a policeman, he seems to spend most of his time, eating, cooking, shopping, drinking and when he's not doing those he's thinking about his next meal.

The plot concerns a serial killer in Providence RI (little local color comes through) who targets prostitutes and leaves their bodies dressed like angels with wings. We learn pretty early from a broad authorial hint who the murderer is - so there's not much suspense there. There are several other, badly-intergrated subplots including a crime that strikes close to home for Martell. He responds to this personal tragedy by taking up a couple of weeks later with a comely actress -- who quickly turns into a Hollywood sensation.

I can't think of many good reasons to spend time with this book when there are so many great suspense thrillers and police procedurals out there. The only one perhaps is the food - but better than reading about good food is eating it.
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