Plot: This smart and suspenseful crime drama features an action-filled storyline, along with a nuanced exploration of how life choices impact personal and professional relationships.
Prose: While Ralph’s prose style has moments of dryness, dialogue is varied and the fluctuation between perspectives, is well executed.
Originality: The novel delves into the psychology of crime lords, victims, and unexpected heroes with candor, allowing Ralph’s work to stand out from the crowded genre.
Character Development: Ralph’s novel features a wide cast of relatable, working-class individuals with unique voices, whose stories ultimately create a powerful, cohesive whole.
Date Submitted: June 25, 2018
ANOTHER TALE ABOUT BLUE COLLAR CRIME THAT IS FAST-PACED AND WELL-TOLD
Luke Cramer is a young street punk running errands for the Chicago mob, his only dream is to someday build skyscrapers. Now on the run from Las Vegas mobsters, Cramer snatches up his wife and small child to hop the pond to Australia to continue and refine his building skills.
A powerful and unforgettable tale of the union corruption, recklessness, and violence lurking beneath the heart of the construction world. Luke is a character who is as charming as he is menacing, especially considering his best friend is a mob killer willing and able to meet or beat union violence and political corruption.
My enthusiastic recommendation to join Luke in his struggle for survival in an industry dominated by black-hearted union mobsters in business suits who care only about power and under-the-table kickbacks.
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