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The Devil's Redhead by David Corbett
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The Devil's Redhead

by David Corbett

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The Devil's Redhead" will entertain readers by the unusual actions of the protagonist.

Danny Abatangelo is a freelance photographer and also a smuggler. He has an entire crew bringing in drugs to the west coast area.

One night he is celebrating in Las Vegas and meets Shel Beaudre a redheaded card dealer with a magnetic personality. The two hit if off immediately and eventually end up back at the west coast. He explains his life to Shel but promises yes for marijuana but no to guns or gangsters.

On what was to be his last run, he gets caught and when he won't give up his crew, he's sentenced to ten years. Agents still try to get him to turn on his partner and use Danny's sick mother as a promise to see her if he'd rat on his friend but Danny is true to his friends so does the entire ten years.

Shel seemed so terrific but she gets out of prison after five years and eventually meets another man, Frank Maas. Frank is a needy person and is into drugs and robbery. He suffers a tragedy about his former wife and child and Shel feels that Frank relies on her and she can't see past him.

The first part of the story is interesting and suspenseful. Part two deals with Frank working with a group of Mexicans against a biker gang. Frank is in the middle of this and when Danny arrives to rescue Shel, the Mexicans want to use her as a hostage.

Danny is an ethical man and his unfulfilled love makes a good story line. The warfare between the Mexicans and the biker and his gang is a bit of a stretch.

All and all, a story with action and suspense that provides a good read. ( )
  mikedraper | Feb 12, 2015 |
The story of two souls meant for each other, but separated by two coincidental forces that just happen to be there: nope, not exactly. The Devil’s Redhead by David Corbett mixes a little bit of gruesome action scenes with a sappy romance story to give you a bittersweet treat. He puts a whole new genre into romance and takes action and thriller to a masterpiece only available by Ballantine Books.

Danny Abatangelo is a man caught along with his wife for trafficking drugs. Both get sent to jail, but Abatangelo is the man who was actually involved in this business. After ten years in jail, he tries desperately to reintroduce himself to love by finding his wife, who only got three years in prison, but to his dismay, he finds that not only has she found a new man by the name of Frank, but she’s about to send him into a wild chase.

This wild chase all begins with Frank, the most idiotic and senile loser that Corbett could so vividly create. He isn’t the smartest fellow, and because of him, the love triangle gets sent in the middle of Armageddon. Thus, starting the bloodshed of the Apocalypse.

The classic race against time with the turncoat in every chapter tells you truly of no hint of what to expect. You’re left in the dark just enough to make it seem like you got the handle of things, but things pop in, things bleed out, and turmoil is let loose. Sure scenes get too gory, but the imagery cast on the book is so delicious, you taste the blood coming from the book’s victims. Here and there, you lose focus, and sit in idle, but it isn’t short before the magic starts – the rampage of killing. The onslaught madhouse massacre. At times you’re left wondering if the hunt for love is worth it: “something broke inside her then, a tension wire in heart, snapping” but no matter what, you continue onward, running along side the characters, cheering the heroes on, whoever they may be (373).

Don’t stick with brain freak books like The Da Vinci Code. Skip past the trivial pursuit by Mr. Brown and go straight to the madness, take a couch, and read The Devil’s Redhead. It will comfort your need for violence.
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Honestly, this book is something worth reading. I wouldn't proclaim it the best book in the world, as my book review made it seem, but it is a book with enough action and enough about the love story to get you through a book that was definately a good start for David Corbett. ( )
  raymondp | May 24, 2008 |
I was trying to decide whether this is a 4.5 or a 5, and I simply could not find any area in significant need of improvement - AND it's a first novel, which I believe requires slightly different judging criteria.

An added bonus for me is that the book is set where I live (East bay of SF area). I'm sure there are other novels set here that do justice to our unique places, place names, and geography, but none that bring to life the current demographics and rugged beauty that this one does. Things like Kirker Pass road - I've heard of it, of course, but now I want to actually drive it...I am curious as to what this novel's UK readership made of the setting, as I imagine that it is pretty unique.

In his poignant dedication, DC says his late wife worked hard to always bring him back to the love story as this novel developed. Her work paid off, as it's drawn in spare, heartwrenching, violent strokes and yet even the most cynical reader will never doubt for a moment that it will prevail. Without giving away the ending, it prevails in exactly the right way, with no false measure of hope, no neat wrap-up. Such an ending would betray the entire book, enmeshed as the story is in ambivalent human nature and the acts it engenders.

Who is good? Who is evil? How much of both resides in all of us? It's quite a trick to draw an over-the-hill, left-leaning journalist in one chapter and a ruthless Mexican boss in the next and leave the reader wondering who has the more exact grasp on the human condition.

This book is OOP and I bought mine used, but I encourage any crime fic fan to do the same. I've picked up DC's next 2 books and while I'm intimidated by the idea of global politics informing the plot (my grasp on politics is just about nil) I have a feeling the story will carry its burden handily. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449007162, Mass Market Paperback)

In this masterfully written fiction debut, David Corbett combines a gripping crime story with a poignant tale of enduring love.

Freelance photographer and wildcat smuggler Dan Abatangelo blows into Vegas to hit the tables and taste the night life. In his path waits Shel Beaudry, a knockout redhead with a smile that says, Gentlemen, start your engines. The attraction is instant–and soon the two are living the gypsy life on the West coast, where Dan captains a distribution ring for premium Thai marijuana, His credo "no guns, no gangsters, it's only money."

But the trade is changing. Eager to get out, Dan plans one last run, judges poorly, and is betrayed by an underling and caught by the DEA. To secure light time for Shel and his crew, Dan takes the fall and pleads to ten years. Now, having served the full term, he emerges from prison a man with a hardened will but an unchanged heart. Though probation guidelines forbid any contact with Shel, a convicted felon, he sets his focus on one thing: finding her.

Shel’s life has taken a different turn since her release from prison. She met Frank Maas, a recovering addict whose son died a merciless death. Driven by pity, Shel dedicates herself to nursing Frank back from grief and saving him from madness. But his weaknesses push him into the grip of a homegrown crime syndicate in command of the local methamphetamine trade. Mexicans are stealing the syndicate's territory, setting in motion a brutal chain of events that engulf Frank, Shel, and Dan in a race-fueled drug war from which none will escape unscathed.

A brilliant crime novel of betrayal and retribution, passion and redemption, The Devil’s Redhead heralds the arrival of a powerful new voice in fiction.


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Dan Abatangelo is busted by the DEA after trying to make one last run of marijuana before going straight. Having served his full ten-year term after plea-bargaining to lighten his crew's sentences, Dan is determined to get back together with Shel Beaudry, the love of his life, despite his probation guidelines and the fact that she is the mistress to an underling in a ruthless crime ring.… (more)

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