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Murder of Promise, A [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Robert Andrews
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June 10 2004
When legendary Washington Post reporter Mary Keegan is found murdered, homicide detectives Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps pull up the file on another open case. There as here, the victim was a female who had been hacked to death in a public park. And there is one other link: each was missing a little finger, a grisly souvenir - perhaps the calling card of a serial killer. When, a week later, a third woman is found in similar circumstances, they're sure of it. Kearney and Phelps are certain the killer will strike again and know they're working against time. Using the best evidence modern forensics and computer science can supply and the good guesswork twenty-five years of homicide investigations have sharpened, they begin to see some patterns, but not enough to connect up the dots. Then the finger of one of the victims is found sealed inside a plastic baggie in a raided crack house. Cutting corners, pulling in favors, they track the evidence back to what they believe will be the killer, only to find he is one step ahead of them. In a climactic nightmare chase, Kearney races to save the person dearest to him as he faces off against a cunning homicidal maniac.

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Somewhere between the seedy streets of George P. Pelecanos and the upscale enclaves of such Old Guard novelists as Ward Just lies the Washington, D.C., patrolled by Frank Kearney and Jos‚ Phelps, the veteran homicide detectives introduced in Andrews's memorable A Murder of Honor (2001) and now brought back for a second, equally excellent outing. As before, it's Kearney the erudite son of a judge and a Vietnam vet whose nights are still occasionally haunted by visions of that war who gets the most ink, while his heftier African-American partner seems defined more by his physical attributes and more amusing habits. When Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Mary Keegan is found hacked to death in a Georgetown park, the last thing their supremely political homicide commander wants to hear is that it might be the work of a serial killer. So Kearney and Phelps dig into the subjects of a book about fathers and sons that Keegan was working on: a legendary Kennedy-era diplomat and his less flashy bureaucratic offspring; and a smooth, supposedly retired black drug lord and his straight-arrow son. Keegan's brother, an Irishman with a political agenda, also bears some looking into, as well as a sharply sketched Internet entrepreneur whose signature online game might provide a clue. The author of four thrillers (Last Spy Out, etc.) before he turned to police procedurals, Andrews has drawn once again on his insider's knowledge of Washington to produce a first-rate entertainment. Agent, Robin Rue. (Mar. 4)Forecast: With blurbs from Robert B. Parker and George Pelecanos, as well as his Washington connections (he was once a national security advisor to a senior U.S. senator), Andrews is well positioned to build this series into a winner.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Washington, DC, police detectives Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps are assigned to investigate the murder of Mary Keegan, a prize-winning reporter found knifed to death in a DC park. The experienced officers link the case to another brutal slaying with striking similarities. Through their investigation, we pick up tidbits of information on newspaper reporting, Washington politics, police procedure, computer crime, and drug dealing. This makes for a plot with lots of interesting elements; the description of the DC area is also entertaining. The characters, drawn from the same spheres, are intriguing; unfortunately, with the exception of Frank and Jose, they are a bit flat, and because there are some loose ends in the plot, the book lacks a certain spark. David Daoust gives an adequate but uninspired performance. Recommended for collections where mystery and police procedurals are popular.
Christine Valentine, Davenport Univ., Kalamazoo, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilling Promise April 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
The promise evoked by Robert Andrews first mystery book, good as it was, is realized even more fully in "A Murder of Promise".
As with his first book, Andrews captures the reader's interest as the book begins and never loses it. Beyond the mystery itself, which unfolds in an intriguing manner and pace, the further development of Detectives Kearney and Phelps both as investigators and as people makes the reading experience more enriching and engaging. I found the depth and breadth of Kearny's style and character not only interesting, but very valuable to the story line in explaining his thought process and actions. Hopefully in the next of this series the author will allow us to spend more time with Jose Phelps as well, getting to know him even better.
The plot is excellent and quite believable, and the sense of place this book creates is even stronger than its predecessor. It also adds depth and meaning to the story line. The dialogue is even more crisp and authentic than Andrews' previous book, which was good indeed.
This is an excellent work of fiction, which goes far beyond the standard police procedural in giving us real characters who act in ways that are human and credible to the reader. Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder of Promise -- Snookered at Wisconsin and M April 23 2002
By PDG
Format:Hardcover
OK, OK, I confess right up front! This clever boy got snookered "big time" trying to unravel the fundamental whodunit quiz in Robert Andrews' latest murder mystery "A Murder of Promise" (Putnam). It wasn't totally my fault, you see, it's just that the author has apparently perfected his craft beyond reasonable expectations. The last 50 pages accelerate the reader through the narrow historic streets of Georgetown and a rabbit's warren of falling dominos and the sweet fulfillment of a most unexpected conclusion. I was so totally consumed by the story that the Flight Attendant on the airplane I happened to be on was close to slapping me upside my head to get my attention to prepare for landing. In this case, the author won, he sucked me in and beat me, but in the end I won as well from having read this excellent book. This is a darn good yarn!
The second installment of Robert Andrews' immensely satisfying crime-novel series chronicles the exploits of two career-long D.C. detective partners struggling with the ugly reality of a serial killer in the nation's capitol. This is a story where they are murdering more in Washington than the congressional budget. Not that murder of any kind is rare in the District, but this book is rare and remarkable on a number of levels in its own right. Initially the reader is struck with the story's compelling, drag-you-along depiction of the gritty nuts and bolts business of police work. However, somewhere around the second chapter you suddenly realize what in my opinion is the true merit of this outing and that comes in the form of Mr. Andrews' decidedly rare ability to paint extraordinarily rich textures within the characters of the humans involved and the landmark environment they inhabit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Promise, but Honor was better April 13 2002
Format:Hardcover
Andrews writes great crime fiction. The many comparisons to George Pelecanos are valid. Each has written about murders in D.C. with a pair of black / white investigators from very different backgrounds at the center of the action, and each ends those novels with an act of imperfect justice that the reader understands but the rest of the world will not know.
Mary Keegan, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Post who is writing a novel about two powerful fathers and their sons, is murdered. Franklin Delano Kearney and Josephus Phelps, two fifty something homicide lieutenants who have worked together twenty plus years and premiered in Andrews' prior "a murder of" novel, start shaking things up. Andrews also treats us to a realistic view of Frank and Jose's personal lives. Frank's relationship with his father Tom, a retired judge whose health is starting to fail and who's not shy about expressing his views about how Washington really works, is a subtle overlay to Mary Keegan's work in progress which is always hanging in the background.
Are the murders connected? Is there a serial killer loose? A third gruesome killing that fits the pattern points to the latter, and things heat up. Two of the three victims used a smallish Internet Service Provider in Maryland run by three pretty weird guys. All of the ISP clients had access to a virtual computer game involving a hunt for the Holy Grail. Hunter Elliot a.k.a. Orion, the computer geek who helped shape the finale of "A Murder of Honor", discovers a sophisticated eavesdropping program on those two victims' computers.
A lot of solid police work spiced with some high tech stuff sets up the end game. The chase scene, unfortunately, is absurd, and when the killer is finally caught, you should see one huge hole still left in the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Promise, but Honor was better April 13 2002
Format:Hardcover
Andrews writes great crime fiction. The many comparisons to George Pelecanos are valid. Each has written about murders in D.C. with a pair of black / white investigators from very different backgrounds at the center of the action, and each ends those novels with an act of imperfect justice that the reader understands but the rest of the world will not know.
Mary Keegan, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Post who is writing a novel about two powerful fathers and their sons, is murdered. Franklin Delano Kearney and Josephus Phelps, two fifty something homicide lieutenants who have worked together twenty plus years and premiered in Andrews' prior "a murder of" novel, start shaking things up. Andrews also treats us to a realistic view of Frank and Jose's personal lives. Frank's relationship with his father Tom, a retired judge whose health is starting to fail and who's not shy about expressing his views about how Washington really works, is a subtle overlay to Mary Keegan's work in progress which is always hanging in the background.
Are the murders connected? Is there a serial killer loose? A third gruesome killing that fits the pattern points to the latter, and things heat up. Two of the three victims used a smallish Internet Service Provider in Maryland run by three pretty weird guys. All of the ISP clients had access to a virtual computer game involving a hunt for the Holy Grail. Hunter Elliot a.k.a. Orion, the computer geek who helped shape the finale of "A Murder of Honor", discovers a sophisticated eavesdropping program on those two victims' computers.
A lot of solid police work spiced with some high tech stuff sets up the end game. The chase scene, unfortunately, is absurd, and when the killer is finally caught, you should see one huge hole still left in the story.
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