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A Murder of Honor

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A Murder of Honor

Kearney and Phelps Series, Book 1
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In the world of cops, drive-by killings don't rank high on the popularity charts. They're usually random, and barring credible witnesses, they largely go unsolved. So when Father Robert O'Brien, a popular Washington priest with a high public profile, is murdered in a drive-by shooting, D.C. police aren't beating down doors to get the case.

Homicide detectives Frank Kearney and José Phelps have been members of the force for twenty-five years, partners from the start. They're smart cops - smart enough to know they've been played for patsies when the O'Brien murder lands in their laps. This is payback time for two cops who've been a little too brash, a little too independent.

But what appears to be a motiveless drive-by in a city with one of the nation's highest homicide rates soon turns into a dirtier, far more complex case involving corrupt politicians, self-serving media, warring drug lords, millions of dollars in questionable cash - and more murder. As Frank and José dig deeper, fending off the police bureaucracy and meddling politicos, it becomes increasingly clear that this case might cost them more than their careers. It might cost them their lives.
In the world of cops, drive-by killings don't rank high on the popularity charts. They're usually random, and barring credible witnesses, they largely go unsolved. So when Father Robert O'Brien, a popular Washington priest with a high public profile, is murdered in a drive-by shooting, D.C. police aren't beating down doors to get the case.

Homicide detectives Frank Kearney and José Phelps have been members of the force for twenty-five years, partners from the start. They're smart cops - smart enough to know they've been played for patsies when the O'Brien murder lands in their laps. This is payback time for two cops who've been a little too brash, a little too independent.

But what appears to be a motiveless drive-by in a city with one of the nation's highest homicide rates soon turns into a dirtier, far more complex case involving corrupt politicians, self-serving media, warring drug lords, millions of dollars in questionable cash - and more murder. As Frank and José dig deeper, fending off the police bureaucracy and meddling politicos, it becomes increasingly clear that this case might cost them more than their careers. It might cost them their lives.
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  • Before turning to crime fiction, Robert Andrews was a Green Beret, a CIA operative, and an aide to a senior U.S. senator. He has lived in Washington, D.C. for many years, and his intimate knowledge of the city, its people and its politics permeates this new series.
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  • AudioFile Magazine A beloved priest killed in a drive-by shooting is found to have gay classified ads and a half-million dollars in cash in his closet. Two seasoned detectives will win or lose their careers, and maybe their lives, trying to untangle the case. Setting the scene immediately and convincingly, David Daoust brings a straightforward attitude to his down-and-dirty presentation of the story. His gritty performance suits the text, but his characterizations slide into one another and sometimes disappear altogether. The performance, and the story, unfold almost relentlessly, tape after tape. Daoust's enthusiasm carries the performance, barely. R.P.L. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 1, 2001
    Spy novelist Andrews (The Towers, etc.)--ex-Green Beret, former CIA operative and onetime aide to a senior U.S. senator--here produces a fast-paced, hard-driving police procedural exposing the chilling violence and murky political cesspools of our nation's capital. Father Robert J. O'Brien, a well-known social activist priest, is gunned down in what looks to be a late-night drive-by shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue. Assigned to the case more or less as scapegoats to take the heat off City Hall, veteran "shoot first, ask questions later" homicide detectives Frank Kearney and Jos Phelps plunge headfirst into a seething mess. Forensic evidence soon indicates that the murder was most likely a professional hit. Missing is a mysterious skinny bespectacled kid with a ponytail, last seen just before the shooting. Another potential witness is found in a red BMW reduced to pancake thinness by a wrecking-yard metal compactor. Meanwhile, a folder of personal ads from a gay magazine and a cool half-million in cash secreted in the slain priest's closet suggest the victim may have been trafficking in hard drugs. Complicating matters further, a sleazy TV journalist twists an on-the-air interview with the city treasurer into an implied indictment of the priest as an embezzler. The body count rises as hired hit men, a former D.C. cop turned private security agency entrepreneur and assorted other suspects turn up to cloud the picture. Set on the eve of a mayoral election, this gem of a thriller marks the auspicious crossover of a writer from first-rate cloak and dagger fiction to street-smart cop lit. It has sequel written all over it.

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