Dead End Game - A Lt. Joe Dante Novel Author:Christopher Newman Synopsis — Best-selling author Christopher Newman makes his electrifying hardcover debut with Dead End Game, a gritty novel of suspense and murder featuring NYPD detective Joe Dante of the Precinct series. Kansas City Royals star pitcher Willie Cintron is found dead from a heroin overdose on the day of the final game of the American League Champi... more »onship Series. The rival New York Yankees aren't the only ones to benefit from this development, though, and suspicions mount when a popular New York sports columnist cries foul. While preliminary evidence points to suicide, Lieutenant Joe Dante and his partner, Jumbo Richardson, aren't convinced. Their investigation leads them into a labyrinth of intrigue whose suspects include a sexy swimsuit model with a secret past, a dealer in exotic, high-performance sports cars, a seductive TV ad exec, and a ruthless young Chinese drug lord. All have profited from Willie's death. Worse, all are interconnected. Struggling to cut through this web of deceit is the magnetic figure of Joe Dante. Complex and wise in the twisted byways of human desire, Dead End Game is a four-star hardcover debut from one of the most compelling new voices in realistic police fiction.
A major-league pitcher is found dead of an overdose just before the last game of the league playoffs and the first assumption is suicide. But Lt. Joe Dante's investigation reveals otherwise. For behind this all-American game lies a world of dirty money and deceit--and a cast of suspects who don't hesitate to play hardball.
This seventh entry in Newman's Joe Dante/NYPD series ( Precinct Command ) is the first to appear in hardcover, and it's a corker. Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher and phenom Willie Cintron looks as if he's going to knock the Yankees out of the American League playoffs--until he's found dead of a heroin overdose on the morning of the final game. The accepted wisdom is that Cintron's background (the mean streets of Washington Heights and a slew of drug-dealing friends and relatives) caught up with him, but readers know straight off that he was murdered, and soon enough a Daily News columnist, insisting that the ballplayer was clean, is raising enough pressure to bring Detective Lieutenant Dante and his partner, Jumbo Richardson, on to the case. In short order, the cops are in the thick of drug users, drug dealers grand and petty, a ring of car thieves, an assortment of media types and two femmes who are very fatales . The brisk action includes violence, some gore, more murder, interaction among the NYPD, DEA, FBI and New Jersey state cops and a dose of NYPD internal politics. It's all buoyed by the gritty feel of the city, the way cops talk and think and even drive. Readers may guess quickly which woman is the more lethal but, even so, they won't be disappointed by this fast, intricate, terrifically engrossing cop thriller« less