2 out of 4 stars
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It is 1967 and a body is found on the private property of a Tafton resident. Victim, Ricky Curcio, was brutally murdered and left in a sand pit across from the town dump. A team of local police investigators take on the case and its numerous leads. Could the murder be tied to the mafia? After all, Ricky's family does have a history with the mob back in Boston. Or is the crime somehow related to Ricky's wife, Debbie? She has been spending a lot of time away from home lately. It is up to Captain Flynn and his team to get to the bottom of this with a series of interviews and sleuthing.
No.46 on the Greater Boston Hit List by Richard Murphy is based on a true crime story. It tells of the events that rocked a small town half a century ago. The novel is essentially a murder mystery that leaves the reader guessing who was involved in the murder of Ricky Curcio.
This book read like a short story. The novel is really not very long and there was a lot of information covered, from the discovery of the murder victim, to the investigation phase, and court proceedings, as well as the aftermath. Because so much was covered, not a lot of detail could be given. The story seemed a bit rushed to me. The facts were all laid out, but the description and dialogue were lacking.
I think my favorite part of the book was the second half of the story. As more evidence arose involving the murder, the story began to pick up and I found myself more interested in what was happening. The beginning of the book was just too dull. The interviews with the family members and friends, although probably necessary to the story, did not read in an entertaining way. I'm sure fans of true crime would enjoy this story, if only to learn more about a case they may not know about. I wouldn't really recommend it to readers who are not interested in that genre though.
I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. It is an okay novel. The plot is an interesting one, but I would have enjoyed it more if it read in an entertaining way. The way this was written just seemed like the facts were all given to me as quickly as possible. Also, there were quite a few editing errors. I noticed lots of punctuation issues and capitalization errors. This didn't take away from the novel too much, but was a bit distracting. Overall, this was a quick read that taught me a little about something I hadn't heard about before, but didn't leave me feeling overly satisfied as a reader.
No.46 on the Greater Boston Hit List
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