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The Last Jew Standing (Penguin Mysteries)by Michael Simon
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Detective Dan Reles gets caught between his father and a gangster with a passion for other people?s pain
Lieutenant Dan Reles has a new house, a beautiful wife, a son, and a great career as head of Austin Homicide. But when his ex-con father?a Mafia leg-breaker?shows up after twenty years on the lam, Dan learns that the sins of the father are, true to form, visited upon the son.
Dan?s father has crossed Sam Z elig?the last of the Jewish crime bosses. Z elig is intent on extracting his pound of flesh. But when he can?t get what he wants the easy way, he takes the city itself hostage, forcing Dan to choose between the town he?s sworn to protect, his new family, and his father.
Will detective Dan Reles arrest his own father . . . or will the mob find him first? Lieutenant Dan Reles has a new house, a wife, and a son, and a great career as head of Austin Homicide, but it's funny how your past catches up with you. When Dan's deadbeat father Ben Reles, a Mafia legbreaker who's spent the last twenty years on the run, shows up on Dan's doorstep with an escaped prostitute in tow, trouble is sure to follow. That trouble is Sam Zelig, a sociopathic godfather with limitless resources and boundless rage. In several diabolical strokes, he now holds Austin hostage, forcing Dan to choose between the town he's sworn to protect, his new family, and his father. In the process he faces trial by fire, bullet, bridge embankment, and one very angry woodchipper. Sure to satisfy Simon's core devotees as well as fans of Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy, Last Jew Standing is fastpaced and suspenseful from start to finish.
About the Author
Michael Simon, a former Texas corrections officer, actor, and playwright, has taught at Brooklyn College and New York University. His other books include Dirty Sally and Body Scissors.
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