Absolute Rage

Absolute Rage

Book - 2003
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As the city sizzles under the early summer sun, New York chief assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his family are happily vacationing on Long Island's north shore. Their reverie changes to horror when they learn that their beachfront neighbors, Rose and Ralph "Red" Heeney -- a coal miners' union leader -- have been brutally murdered back home in tiny McCullensburg, West Virginia. Irresistible force meets immovable object when the governor appoints Karp special prosecutor to bring justice to the corrupt rural town, its ruthless union boss, and his band of violent henchmen. Now, Karp finds himself not only searching for the killers, but fighting to protect his own family from an evil that runs as deep as the mines that fuel it.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781476779690
Branch Call Number: TAN
Characteristics: 454 pages.


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Jan 08, 2014

... dual system of criminal justice one for the rich and one for the poor.

Dec 31, 2013

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Dec 31, 2013

Two can keep a secret if one is dead.

Dec 31, 2013

... if pimps can't give money to politicians, they'll have to shut down K street or Texas.


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May 03, 2012

This story is among the best of the Karp/Ciampi series when Michael Gruber was the main writer. The difficult task of weaving a strong integrated narrative for each character is done exceptionally well. The issues of violence, law and justice alongside corruption, feuding families, and exploitation are played out in the West Virginia coalfields. Members of a reforming union leader are murdered and Butch and Marlene become involved. As well, Lucy, their prodigal daughter, finds a first romance and a challenge to the depth of her beliefs as the Karp family faces a tragedy.

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