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Bronx Requiem

Bronx Requiem

A Novel

John Clarkson

Minotaur Books

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The death of Paco "Packy" Johnson shouldn't have surprised anyone.

Paco Johnson spent a lifetime in the system -- starting in juvie at age 10, then prison for most of his adult life. But he managed to make some real friends in prison, friends who helped him get parole, a place to stay, and plans to help him adjust to a life outside prison after seventeen years behind bars. But only seventeen hours after he was released, he was found dead -- murdered -- in the streets of the Bronx.

James Beck can't save Packy any longer -- but he can try to find out what happened to Packy, and why, and exact a measure of justice. Beck, ringleader of a tight clique of ex-cons based in Brooklyn's Red Hook section, is determined to accord Packy at least some dignity and a measure of justice. But what drove Packy out onto the streets of the Bronx his first night back? Who did he run into that hated him enough to viciously beat him before executing him, and yet left behind his wallet full of cash?

But what at first appears to be a simple, if tragic, street killing, quickly becomes something much more difficult and complex. And it will take all the skills, connections, and cunning of Beck and his team not only to learn the truth but to survive the forces they've unwittingly unleashed.


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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 6:30 P.M.


NINE YEARS LATER


James Beck stood outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and checked his watch again. Demarco Jones had dropped...

Praise for Bronx Requiem

“[An] outstanding thriller… Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will find a lot to like” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.” —Booklist (starred review)

Among Thieves is hardboiled urban noir from the pen of a master … highly recommended.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Personal

Among Thieves is an adrenaline fueled rush of reality and James Beck is one of the baddest, boldest, brashest creations ever seen in the pages of any thriller. It's a rock 'n roll, foot-stomper of a book and once you start you cannot stop reading. You can't ask for more out of a crime novel than you get from Among Thieves. It is as good as good gets.” —Lorenzo Carcaterra, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers and The Wolf

“Fans of the great Lawrence Block and Lee Child will get their money's worth and then some.” —Peter Blauner, author of Slow Motion Riot and Executive Producer of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

“John Clarkson's Among Thieves is an intense, well-written thriller about tough, cunning men whose conflicting schemes turn Brooklyn into a battlefield.” —Thomas Perry, author of Butcher's Boy and Vanishing Act

Reviews from Goodreads

John Clarkson

JOHN CLARKSON is the author of six previous novels, including the first James Beck novel, AMONG THIEVES, as well as And Justice for One. He spent many years in the New York advertising industry--as a copywriter, running his own agency, and as a private consultant. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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