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Disturbed Earth (2004)

by Reggie Nadelson

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The positive reviews from literary sources for this book, as printed on the cover, is not to be believed. It does not make you "hold on tight" because it is certainly not a "roller-coaster plot". "Superlative storytelling" (from the 'Literary Review')? Puh-leeze!

To me, it is the story of a middle-aged detective (certainly not "exciting" as proclaimed by the 'Daily Mirror'), struggling with severing his Russian roots but in this story is reluctantly drawn in to confront issues that he was adamant in walking away from. The underlying current of the story is the distrust of Russian immigrants (to America) of the authorities. A crime has taken place, no one is forthcoming with evidence, parties involved manipulate for their own purposes -- well, it's still all well and good, BUT, the storyline never seems to move beyond this ethos and pathos: two steps forward, one step back -- making this an 'OK, let's get a move on it' kind of read -- which till the end, does not really happen and concludes with a fizzle. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099465485, Mass Market Paperback)

The first novel in an exciting crime trilogy starring Russian-Jewish cop Artie Cohen (“the detective every women would like to find in her bed.” —Guardian)

Reggie Nadelson’s new Artie Cohen mystery begins when a jogger finds a kid’s clothes drenched in blood and buried in the half frozen earth near Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. The action in the story takes place in south Manhattan where Artie lives, an area still traumatized by the loss of the Twin Towers, and coastal Brooklyn — Brighton Beach, all boardwalk, beach and Russians; Coney Island with its wrecked amusement park; and Sheepshead Bay with its inlets and fishing boats.

The plot revolves around the killing of one child and the abduction of another, and the subsequent outbreak of fear. Fear is the real story here. The fear that explodes when two children are involved and still others seem to go missing. The way the city is still locked in the terror that’s never gone away since 9/11. The constant presence of barricades and barriers and soldiers with AKs is part of the New York domestic landscape. It’s also about Artie’s relationship with the Russian community in Brooklyn; the way the story reels him back over and over, the way he can never really escape.


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This Artie Cohen mystery begins when a jogger finds a child's clothes drenched in blood and buried in the half frozen earth near Brighton Beach - the Atlantic coast of Brooklyn.

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