by Justin Scott
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Chris Taggart is a ruthless, driven, real estate entrepreneur, whose buildings have changed the skyline of New York, and who, despite his hard-won wealth and power, can still pour concrete and carry a hod as well as cut a billion-dollar deal with the sharks of Wall Street and the big banks.
Young, handsome, irresistible to women, Taggart has won it all with his bare hands and fierce ambition. But his dazzling success can never erase the bitter memory of his father's death at the hands of the Mob -- and Taggart sets out to use his wealth and power to destroy the men whom he holds responsible.
It is a secret vendetta -- a war, in fact -- that Taggart launches singlehandedly against the Five Families of New York. It pits him against some of the toughest men in organized crime -- as well as his own brother, a crusading assistant U.S. attorney, one of the Strikeforce prosecutors. Taggart risks his fortune, his reputation, finally his life, to get revenge -- only to find that he has merely become one of them, that his triumph over criminals has turned him into a bigger and more dangerous criminal than any Godfather.
Taggart's rampage leads him on a journey in which even his friends -- even the woman he loves -- become enemies and pawns in his deadly game:
-- Helen Rizzolo, daughter of an aging Mafia don, with whom Taggart falls in love, only to discover that her sense of honor is more dangerous than his own . . .
-- Reggie Rand, the suave British ex-policeman who specializes in discreet assassination and outright terrorism . . .
-- Frank and Eddie, Helen's brothers, the muscle of her family, who discover too late that the man who's hunting them down is even stronger and tougher than they are . . .
-- Father Frye, the Irish-American priest with IRA connections who helps Taggart contact the kind of people who can deliver violence in return for a contribution to The Cause . . .
-- Jack Warner, the corrupt NYPD detective who knows what Taggart is doing -- and hopes to make his own fortune from the knowledge . . .
-- Sal Ponte, consigliere of the powerful Cirillo Family, whose moment of weakness dooms his own don . . .
With the touch of a master storyteller, Justin Scott, the author of The Shipkiller, has written a novel of searing suspense, with a background as real as today's headlines.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear.
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