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  • 06/2018
  • B07DRLF34Y
  • 314 pages
  • $0.99
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  • 06/2018
  • B07DRLF34Y
  • 314 pages
  • $0.99
Peter Ralph
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An Unholy Union: A White Collar Crime Thriller
Peter Ralph, author
Chicago born Luke Cramer loved working on Las Vegas’s huge construction sites. That is until he slugged a mobster working for the union With the mob threatening retribution, he has no choice but to run for it. With his wife and baby, he heads to Australia’s Gold Coast, where he gets a lucky break, and help to start his own building business. Within a few years, young Luke is a millionaire but the lawless Builders Laborers and Mining Union (BLMU), which is worse than any American union want its payoff, and there’s nothing it won’t do to get it. Complaining to politicians and the police doesn’t help because the BLMU’s paying them off. Desperate, Luke returns to Chicago and recruits his best friend and hitman, Joe “Ratsy” Ratsch, to level the playing field. When the BLMU appoints a powerful new leader with murder on his agenda, the stakes are ratcheted up. Will Luke survive to enjoy his hard-earned success?
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10

Assessment:

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

Reviews
Stephen Richard Levine

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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Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2018
  • B07DRLF34Y
  • 314 pages
  • $0.99
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 06/2018
  • B07DRLF34Y
  • 314 pages
  • $0.99

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