THREE QUARTERS, by Denis Hamill

From the graphic opening prison scenes right through confrontations, fistfights, shootouts, lies, deceptions and betrayals, author Hamill keep his hero - disgraced ex-cop and prison inmate 6'2" hyper-fit Bobby Emmet - fighting for his reputation and his life. The conmen, wiseguys, sleazy lawyers, desperate victims and crooked cops of New York City are portrayed with vigor and a dark edge that fans of this genre will enjoy. Hamill, an NYC-based reporter, has got the seamiest sides, and the provocative actions, the perversions and psychoses of the city down pat. Now I wish he'd get a little more realistic with his dialogue and knock off the holier-than-thou why'd-you-do-it? passages. I give this easy read a 3+.