Lethal Rage

Lethal Rage

Book - 2010
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Filled with drugs, prostitution, and crime, this mystery explores the unglamorous life of a street cop in the rough-and-tumble 51 Division. Jack Warren, a young officer who enters the dangerous downtown streets after working in a virtually crime-free area, is immediately thrown into a brutal war against a crack-cocaine dealer intent on taking over the city's drug trade. Jack soon discovers that no one is safe from the dealer's quest for domination when the war turns horrifically personal. Working with the division's elite major-crime unit, Jack learns there is an imperceptible yet enormous difference between the law and justice--and being a police officer and surviving in the 51.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781550229257
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 25, 2018

Good gritty cop story. Not great literature but as least as good as most American novels of the genre. I liked it.

Cdnbookworm Sep 24, 2011

This is not your average police mystery book. It is definitely not police procedural, and shows the dark side of police work.
Set in 51 Division in Toronto, the main character is a recent arrival to the Division, but has been a cop in Toronto fox 6 years. 51 Division is the grittier part of the city though, and Jack takes to it like a duck to water. He feels he is making a difference there.
His wife Karen isn't as happy with the move. She worries about him more and says she doesn't like the change in him that she sees. Her parents aren't happy either. They are well-off and move in influential circles. They haven't liked Jack from the beginning, and he thinks they never will.
As the pressure on Jack to help solve a drug crime increases, he is quicker to anger and takes on guilt over an incident he was involved in.
Gripping, with a willingness to show the darker side, Pilkey's police background shows here.

Jan 04, 2011

Although it seems 'authentic' when it comes to the police procedurals, it fails completely when it comes to being authentic in terms of dialogue. The completely stilted and unnatural way that characters interact with each other detracts from the reading since it pulls you out of the story and having a fairly humdrum plot means you have no real interest in overlooking that or diving back in.

Nov 10, 2010

It really wasn't worth one star -- I was aiming for a half star. Too many detailed sex scenes with his wife that added nothing to the story. I didn't finish it. I'm not a prude, but that many detailed sex scenes appears to be a sex story instead of a murder mystery.

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