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High Crimes: A Novel of Suspense [Hardcover]

John Westermann
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October 1988
Detectives Tibaldi and Nelson have rarely done anything the criminal element might worry about, so why has someone invested in their demise? The goof-off "college boys" must hunt their own killers in this humorous but uncomfortably realistic story.

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In this amateurishly written police procedural, two slothful neophyte detectives in the fictional Long Island town of Seaport, N.Y., run afoul of a Jamaican drug lord and police brass. Street cops Tree Nelson and Jimmy Tibaldi have still not passed their probationary period as detectives, but they're doing little to advance their careers. They treat their superiors with disrespect, hit the bars and come home with different women every time, and are believed (mistakenly) to be on the take. When they confront a thief on a rooftop, they really get into trouble. The man jumps to his death and his brother, Rastafarian drug dealer Gladstone Lanier, swears revenge. After Jimmy is shot in an ambush, it is up to Tree to stop Lanier and to salvage their reputations. Although Westermann is himself a policeman, in this first novel he is unable to translate his experience into a suspenseful story that conveys the many dimensions of real-life police work. What stands out about his policemen is their vulgarity, conveyed in their raunchy dialogue, crass behavior and absence of integrity.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A life and death battle with some exceedingly vicious drug lords." -- The New York Times

"Tough, funny, ironic and real . . . makes you think you're sitting in a police locker room." -- Nelson DeMille --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets Aug. 17 2000
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Format:Hardcover
Gritty, funny, sexy and authentic. Damned-near "literary." Crime fiction doesn't get better than this. Read one of Westermann's books and you'll read them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets Aug. 17 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Gritty, funny, sexy and authentic. Damned-near "literary." Crime fiction doesn't get better than this. Read one of Westermann's books and you'll read them all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not believable Dec 16 2013
By William D. Funk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a time passer it does the job. Awkward and aimless. Sad if it is any example of a real police department.
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