Butch Karp fans watch out, when his family is threatened there is no holding back this DA. I found the book to be engrossing from the moment I picked it up, the cover is a bit torn, but that is only due to my intense reading. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.
At first had a hard time getting into it, but after about 20 pages, I couldn't put it down. Great storyline & characters. I'll try this author again.
The Karp and Ciampi clan takes on some clans in the hollers of West Virginia coal country. Well written and some new character development for Lucy and her brothers
"Absolute Rage" is one of Robert Tanenbaum's best. It starts calmly and gradually builds up to a brain bashing crescendo as it zeroes in on some genuine hillbilly killers who hold an entire region of West Virginia in terror and who have involved Butch and his family by killing a friend. No fan of Tanenbaum's will be dissatisfied with this book. Unlike many authors who write successive series, he doesn't spend page after page telling about the past or describing the personalities of his characters. He lets that information develop as part of the story, which is a real relief.
I enjoyed this even though it starts out as a rich-people, family-themed beach read. Once the Heeney's are murdered, the story really gets going and it's action, action, action.
The premise is an old mining town in West Virginia is run by the Union leader and not the town itself. The police, judges, lawyers, hell everyone, is bought and paid for by the union. So whatever they say goes. Red Heeney is running against the Union head and when it appears he might actually win, the Heeney's are murdered. There is a major cover up and a patsy arrested. The Karp's (lawyers from NY and friends of the Heeney's) come in the help with lots of federal help. The action is intense and at times brutal. A well thought out storyline with wonderful characters and great dialogue. Before this book, I'd never even heard of Robert Tanenbaum. Now he's going on my must read list.