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Title:
Blood in the water
ISBN:
9781250090171
Edition:
1st U.S. ed.
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 25 cm
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Boston is in the grip of the coldest winter on record, but in its criminal underworld the temperature is rising. Harbor chief Cormack O'Connell has lived his life close to the wire - above and below the law. He knows every movement on his waterfront, and that's why someone wants him out of the way, fast. Homeland security agent Kit Steele is committed to avenge terrorism. Also known as The Hunter, she's got her eye on the prize. This time it's personal, and she has nothing left to lose. Her prey is Vincente Carpio, one of the world's most dangerous criminals. He is clever, calculating and he's biding his time. Diamond O'Connell is a daughter, a lover and a fighter. She's seen things most nineteen-year-old girls couldn't even begin to imagine. And she's about to become a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Everyone has their part to play, but now it seems that there are much darker, far-reaching forces at work which look to be preparing for the international stage.
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Jack Flynn's Blood in the Water is an edge-of-the-seat ride in a roller coaster, action-packed thriller with international terrorism at its core and family at its heart.

Boston is in the grip of the coldest winter on record, but in its criminal underworld the temperature is rising.

Harbor chief Cormack O'Connell has lived his life close to the wire - above and below the law. He knows every movement on his waterfront, and that's why someone wants him out of the way, fast.

Homeland security agent Kit Steele is committed to avenge terrorism. Also known as The Hunter, she's got her eye on the prize. This time it's personal, and she has nothing left to lose.

Her prey is Vincente Carpio, one of the world's most dangerous criminals. He is clever, calculating and he's biding his time.

Diamond O'Connell is a daughter, a lover and a fighter. She's seen things most nineteen-year-old girls couldn't even begin to imagine. And she's about to become a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Everyone has their part to play, but now it seems that there are much darker, far-reaching forces at work which look to be preparing for the international stage.


Author Notes

JACK FLYNN is a lawyer in Boston and has worked pro bono on behalf of wrongly convicted individuals. He lives south of the city and writes on his daily commute across Boston Harbor.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in Boston, the pseudonymous Flynn's propulsive debut, a series launch, introduces FBI special agent Kit Steel, who's nicknamed the Hunter for her intense sleuthing skills. Kit is laser-focused on Vincente Carpio, a psychopath who wants the police to know he's murdering Americans as revenge against U.S. soldiers who stormed his native village in El Salvador when he was a child. Vincente also has the backing of MS-13, an uber-dangerous international criminal gang; his older brother is one of its high-ranking captains. Kit's investigation also spins on revenge--MS-13 killed her husband and six-year-old son. To expand its reach, MS-13 turns its attention to Boston harbormaster and union chief Cormack O'Connell, who, legally and illegally, controls the city's waterfront. To reach Cormack, MS-13 targets his 19-year-old daughter. The action-packed plot quickly escalates as international intrigue and personal betrayals intersect. Kit is a solid heroine, but the complicated Cormack emerges as the most intriguing character. Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary. (Sept.)


Kirkus Review

During a frigid Boston winter, the two-fisted man who controls the docks finds himself in the middle of a vendetta between an international crime boss and an unstoppable Homeland Security agent.Having captured international crime boss Vincente Carpio for the second time, FBI Special Agent Kit Steele works hard to convince the prisoner's new "SuperMax" keepers that there's a high risk of escape. It's early January, and frigid winter complicates everyone's plans. As Carpio plots another escape, his older brother, Javier, who shares control of their gang, MS-13, plans a big waterfront operation. Standing in the way is Cormack O'Connell, who controls the docks. He needs to be on his best game but is thrown for a loop by the news that his wild teenage daughter, Diamond, is pregnant. Javier wastes little time in making a move on Cormack; one of his thugs sets fire to Mariner's Tavern, O'Connell's informal headquarters, killing loyal bartender Cookie Landrigan. Because it's also reported that O'Connell has been killed, Kit goes to Mass General to get a look at the body. She finds O'Connell very much alive and hot for revenge. Short-tempered Boston detective Paley investigates the Mariner's fire and murder while O'Connell distances himself from two of his lieutenants who may be working with Javier. An elaborate cat-and-mouse game plays out among these characters, with fatal results.Flynn's debut, adroitly juggling the conventions of crime fiction, unfolds with great pace but little narrative finesse. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Cormack O'Connell, president of the Consolidated Union of Pilots and Dockworkers, reigns over all of the cargo coming through Boston Harbor. Granted, he takes a cut of the illegal shipments, but he's respected for running a fair, disciplined operation and shutting violent gangs out of the port. T'Phong Soh, a captain in the Boston street gang MS-13, is plotting to expand his trafficking operation by taking control of the harbor and knows he'll need to get rid of Cormack to do so. But Soh doesn't have the numbers to take down Cormack's loyal crew, so he negotiates a temporary alliance with another MS-13 captain, Javier Carpio. In exchange for Carpio helping deal with Cormack, Soh will coordinate Carpio's brother Vincente's prison escape. But they don't know that Cormack and Special Agent Kit Steele have been sharing information on Boston's underworld, and Steele has a particular interest in keeping Vincente Carpio, a merciless killer, off the streets. When Soh's first attempt on Cormack's life fails, Boston becomes a battleground for MS-13 and Cormack's seamen. Dirty fighting, clever strategizing, and complicated romances drive this story at breakneck pace.--Christine Tran Copyright 2010 Booklist