The devil is in the details when the one percent gets what the one percent wants… no matter what, no matter how much or how legal. NYPD Detective Mike DiMaggio is catapulted into an international conspiracy when the details of a not-so-routine murder investigation get his partner killed and him fired. His suspicion that Cassandra Cassidy, a sexual behavioral psychiatrist rThe devil is in the details when the one percent gets what the one percent wants… no matter what, no matter how much or how legal. NYPD Detective Mike DiMaggio is catapulted into an international conspiracy when the details of a not-so-routine murder investigation get his partner killed and him fired. His suspicion that Cassandra Cassidy, a sexual behavioral psychiatrist right out of the society pages, is somehow connected to this syndicate proves to be dangerous. It sets him on a journey that soon has him pitted against the most powerful forces in this country and around the world.Meanwhile, one victim of this international treachery, special forces operative Master Sergeant Eric Ronson, abandons his unit and is hell-bent on protecting Setara, the Afghan girl he loves, from its evil grip. He’s an army of one, and soon his rescue mission crosses international datelines and crosses paths with Detective DiMaggio. None of this is good for the fat cat power brokers and inhuman traffickers who will soon learn the high cost of satisfying the Devil’s Quota....
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This was a real surprise package and a good one at that. This gritty and interesting novel swooped me up early in it's pages and hung on tight to me until the very last words. With lots of things going for it in the positive, I hope this book gets to reach a wider audience as it's a really good book.NYPD Detective Mike DiMaggio is catapulted into an international conspiracy when the details of a not-so-routine murder investigation get his partner killed and him fired. His suspicion that Cassandra Cassidy, a sexual behavioral psychiatrist right out of the society pages, is somehow connected to this syndicate proves to be dangerous. It sets him on a journey that soon has him pitted against the most powerful forces in this country and around the world.Meanwhile, one victim of this international treachery, special forces operative Master Sergeant Eric Ronson, abandons his unit and is hell-bent on protecting Setara, the Afghan girl he loves, from its evil grip.The book moves between two very interesting stories, we start off with the seemingly normal death of a prominent Judge and Detective DiMaggio quickly finding not all is as it seems, the closer he gets to the truth the more he is getting the message that those in the upper ranks don't really want the truth out there at all. Before long he finds himself on the outer, maybe he got too close to the fire?At the same time the book is telling us the fascinating story of MS Eric Ronson, who is on tour in Afghanistan and has fallen crazy in love with a local village girl and she with him. It's a great story line, combining the dangers and horrors of war with the powerful love of two people who really have it all going against them when it comes to being together. With great courage and determination Eric has plans to be with his girl no matter what, and his journey with her is exceptionally intriguing.For most of the book, these two plots run side by side, but successfully interconnect for a thrilling reveal. Suddenly the book starts to make a load of sense, but until then you are in the dark, trusting the author knows where he is taking you. The plot is really gritty and well written and has a solid pace to it, enough to really hold you in as the reader.DiMaggio is assessing Cassandra Cassidy as to her role in the Judge's death and subsequent strange events that occur in him trying to investigate things. She becomes an unusual companion in his journey and she is a really interesting character, their relationship dynamics are fascinating to watch, it's push and pull, ebb and flow with these two. Fabulous characters.I loved our soldier hero Eric, boy oh boy! He is a man after any woman's heart, brave and dedicated to his woman no matter what the cost. Fearless against the enemy and determined to make the path clear, he doesn't quite know what he is going to walk into, but I loved the strategic way he deals with it all. Bit of a hero in the book is Eric.Cover-ups at the highest level, sexual therapy tapes falling into the wrong hands, important people with everything at risk, secrets and lies, human trafficking, crooked cops - it's all here, brilliantly done. If you like your crime to have a slightly alternative edge to it, you will really enjoy this book like I did. I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Murder isn't simple when it kills an NYPD detective's partner and drags him into a conspiracy involving the economic 1%. Detective DiMaggio follows the trail through the offices of a sexual behavior specialist and onto the international stage. On the other side of the world an American Special Forces sergeant risks everything for the Afghan woman he loves. Their path eventually leads back to the murder investigation in New York.This is a solid mid-level thriller with decent story telling and some interesting twists. I was a little worried when the author introduced the character of Cassandra Cassidy, the sexual behavior psychiatrist, who specializes in some kinky modification procedures. He handled it well, allowing the concept to titillate without going completely over the top. The relationship between the doctor and the detective never quite comes off the way I think he hoped but again he manages to make some interesting choices there as well.I will admit to struggling a little with this book. There's an early section concerning the Afghan story line that slips over into romance novel writing that did nothing for me. The romance is necessary to the story line but the story felt like it veered off course at that point. Honestly, I think he undersold that half of the story. There was more to be created in that part of the novel that never felt like was fully explored. The book is only 338 pages so there was certainly room for the growth of that story.For the complete review and other independent media commentary check out my blog The View From the Phlipside
A well-known Judge is found dead after having a massive heart attack while in the throes of sexual bliss with a call girl in a seedy building far from his luxurious home. The only problem is his wife tells Detective Mike DiMaggio that her husband was impotent. Add to this fact the reality of a sex clinic run by a professional sex counselor Cassandra Cassidy. It turns out she runs several floors in the building where she offers therapy for high profile customers. Unfortunately, DiMaggio quickly figures out she is being protected by those same higher-ups, which leads to him being followed.DiMaggio, however, calculates that losing his job merits his determination to find out who is behind his removal, and that’s where the action and complex nature of this investigation really begins and propels him into action. It also advances considerably when someone tries to take out Cassidy. The relationship between the two now changes into something more personal but is complex enough to defy predictability.The story then switches to a sniper, Master Sergeant Eric Ronson, who is a Special Forces operative serving in Afghanistan. He has fallen in love with Setara, an Afghan girl, who is connected to international traffickers and thereby leads Ronson into a heap of trouble. Eventually he and DiMaggio will connect but that’s a spoiler not happening here. Suffice to say there’s a great deal of killing happening on this end of the story!Tom Avitabile’s plots are page-turning, gripping read. The Ronson involvement eventually ties in but seems separate and disconnected at first, but eventually it all ties together to form a seamless plot. DiMaggio and Cassandra Cassidy are characters with some unique, quirky qualities to their relationship right up to the last page. Good read for all fans of crime/thriller fiction!
It all starts with a judge having heart failure during an act of "sexual therapy." Detective Mike DiMaggio suspects foul play, so he & his partner, Maggie Reade, begin to investigate. The Chief of Detectives tells Mike to back off, but off course, he doesn't & gets suspended for disobedience. Then the real action starts.Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan, Sergeant Eric Ronson, on his third tour of duty, ends up falling in love with a beautiful Afghan woman. But this woman is being hunted by the "Devil's Farmer." Eric needs to find her & their baby and get them all to safety.Mike DiMaggio & Eric Ronson end up meeting, and nearly killing, each other. They become allies when they discover they're both looking for the same man.The book is well written. Even though it jumps from place to place, person to person, it reads quite naturally. There are some instances of serendipitous luck, but I was willing to go along for the ride.What happens to people at the end is a little bit hokey, but it's all over so fast it doesn't really matter.I enjoyed the book & will likely read more by Tom Avitabile.
You can find more reviews Mademoisellesnow BlogThis was never just a simple murder story about a NYPD detective when he was dragged into a international conspiracy. I did enjoy this book for the most part but there were parts of it that I thought was going a little slow and it was a hard for me to read. So there were struggles, especially earlier on, where the story takes place at Afghanistan. Aside from that there were some good twists and turns and I felt it was an interesting choice of character with Cassandra Cassidy the sexual behaviour psychiatrist. And pitching her with detective DiMaggio against each other and frequently putting them in each other’s way was interesting. Well at least the way they the author wrote it was very interesting but it worked well.
Thoroughly enjoyable! It took a while for the storylines to reconcile, but when they did...Wow!