"exciting crime thriller"
He lives in a quiet little Long Island town that is home to
the rich and famous but booms during the summer season.
There is a clear class division year round between the rich
and the working stiffs like Declan MacManus, a man barely
making ends meet, who is drunk more than he is sober.
Frank Gannon, a powerful private detective in the area,
hires Mac and pairs him up with Augie to deal with a man
who promised to stay away from a girl but broke his word.
When they catch up with the young man, they witness him
being killed by professional hitmen. They follow them but
the professional thugs escape while Augie gets injured and
Mac saves their lives. Augie becomes Mac's new friend and
the two work on cases for Frank until they can get a line
on the killers. Neither Mac nor Augie realize they are the
fall guys in a serpentine plot orchestrated by one of the
town's most prominent families and the chief of police.
There are so many twists and turns in the POISONED ROSE
that the audience will feel obsessed to read it in one
sitting; that is if they want to find out who is the
manipulator and who is the manipulated. Mac is a man with
many flaws and failings but when the chips are down he is a
man a friend can count on. He is the essence of a hero in
every sense of the word. Daniel Judson is an expert at
writing novel crime thrillers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 4, 2002