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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Night of The Panthers

Money, sex, and power. Inspector Biagio Mazzeo is the head of a special unit composed of crooked cops who have been trained in the investigation of organized crime. He is a kind of father figure to these hard men and he often leads them well beyond the confines of what is legal. But now they’ve been found out. In order to save his men from being smeared in a corruption scandal, Mazzeo sacrifices himself and is tried and sentenced to jail time. His sacrifice, however, isn’t enough to get his men out of trouble. His unit has stolen a shipment of drugs and its owners want it back. This time, Mazzeo’s boys have messed around with the wrong drug cartel, for these are no ordinary criminals, this is the ‘Ndrangheta, the infamous Calabrian mafia that is known to stop at nothing to get what’s theirs. From behind bars Mazzeo has only one way of helping his men: making a deal with a young female police officer who promises he will be released and all charges will be dropped if Mazzeo embarks on a suicide mission to put an end to an underworld war.
         In a gripping crescendo of violence, vendettas and corruption, Biagio Mazzeo has to choose sides because this time it’s not just his badge that is one the line, but his life. The Night of the Panthers Piergiorgio Pulixi’s US debute and an action filled police drama that will have readers’ pulses racing.

The Night of The Panthers (Mob Warfare)
By Piergiorgio Pulixi
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609452759
Price $&8.50
288 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

“Violent And Filthy.”

A crooked team of cops on the Narcotic Division have gone a bit too far; instead of being the protection for a drug deal they kill the mobsters and drug carriers, and steal the drugs for themselves. Now the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mob wants the drugs back, and will kill for it. Biagio Mazzeo, the head of the Panthers, the crooked cops, has been arrested for murdering his boss. Rome suspects a Mafia war coming and sends their chief investigator, the beautiful Irene Piscitelli to get Mazzeo out of jail, as he’s the only cop mean enough to stop the war - at any cost.

Personally, I didn’t think this was an entertaining read. Very violent and the profanity throughout the book was uncalled for. Clint Eastwood is mentioned several times. I suppose to make us believe Mazzeo is his Italian counterpart to Dirty Harry. I didn’t like any of the characters, and didn’t care if the mob won, or the crooked cops, who are supposedly our heroes. After all, this is a crooked town ran by the mob, so crooked cops are what are needed. I cannot honestly recommend it for anyone’s entertainment.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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