Shot to Pieces

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 02 Mar 2019

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Michael O'Keefe introduces readers to Paddy Durr.  Shot to Pieces is the first of what will probably be many Paddy Durr novels.  This series introduction is most heavily focused on the complex, layered, and flawed, character that is Paddy. That made the suspense/police procedural aspect seem a little light.  Paddy Durr is a character on the lines of Connolly's Harry Bosch, and I think Mr O'Keefe 's series will get stronger as he adds more suspense and tightly woven mystery.  This looks like a series worth investing in, and I look forward to book 2. 3.5
I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation.
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It’s not the typical book I read. It seemed like it would be a good read and did not disappoint. I read through it fairly quickly. I look forward to more by this author.
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There is no other copy to type and paste here. I do not write reviews on books I had to dnf

DNF the writing is horrible, the premise is sound the writer failed and that is within 5% of the book. I have far to many books to read and review to waste an entire day trying to force myself to read bad writing. Won`t be picking up mr O`Keefes works in the future.
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Highly interesting read, loaded with NYPD anecdotes, a love story and a punishing betrayal.

Would have earned 4+ stars, were it not for its many faults, among them the characters are stereotyped: good guys are almost exclusively Irish, the bad cops and DAs are mostly Jewish or Italian. Criminals are Dominican or Puerto Rican, and the main character is simplistic, comic-book heroic with overdone self-flagellation, and a  broad brush painting of nearly all administrators in NYPD as incompetent , self-serving wimps.
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A so-so read for me.  I did like the writing but at times it was more procedural than a novel.  Okay though.
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I just finished a thoroughly well written and entertaining novel called SHOT TO PIECES by Michael O’Keefe. O’Keefe is a retired first-grade detective with the N.Y.P.D. Believe me, Det. O’Keefe knows of what he writes. I could not help to become thoroughly engrossed in the lives of the of the detectives and the officers of which he writes so eloquently. Mr. O’keefe is a tremendous writer who has a brilliant talent for the retelling of what no doubt are true stories.  He leaves the reader feeling like he has just finished a 4 to 1 o’clock tour. Simply put, I loved this book.  As soon as I finish this review, I'm going to send an email to Mr. O'Keefe requesting that I be one of his early readers for the sequel that I am sure is to come. The arrival of the sequel will be a day that I will relish with the intensity that he wrote when he composed this brilliant police procedural. I have read and reviewed countless police procedurals. SHOT TO PIECES compares favorably with the likes of Michael Connelly, Peter Blauner and Don Winslow. If you say has Mr.O'Keefe placed himself in the same class as those tremendous authors, I would say no, not yet. I would also say that Mr. O’Keefe’s time will come when he is considered a truly outstanding writer of commercial fiction specializing in police procedurals. Buy this book forthwith.
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