don't start this long and classy nail-biter at 10 pm if you want
to get your full ration of ZZZs. It starts with Paul, a US tec
who was on the take coming out of prison on
parole. Someone in the department turned him in, but he was not
the only cop with his hand in the cookie jar .
Paul has wealthy BG and high-placed friends in the Mafia so lush
hotel suite and a bundle of thousand-dollar notes are his welcome
mat. His lovely, successful business- woman wife and kids still
want him too. But Paul is obsessed with finding out who and why,
especially after his best friend and cop partner, honourable Harry,
is found shot in an apartment no-one knew he had, with a half-kilo
of coke and $2,000 in cash lying around. Paul smells cover-up
and goes into action with unofficial police backing. A real gripper
For Paul Scott. an ex-New York cop jailed for taking bribes prison
is just the frying pan. Out on the streets, the fire awaits him
in the shape of a vengeful victim of his once brilliant police
His struggle to snare his would-be assassin and his fumbling attempts
to re-establish the forgotten rhythms of his family life, are
rivetingly juxtaposed. Murari's work with the Bronx homicide squad,
for a series of TV films, supplies him with a wonderful grasp
of its berserk idiom.
More significantly, under cover of a quicksilver story, he brilliantly
traces the extraordinary nightmare that skirts the shores of affluent
Manhattan. EVENING STANDARD, London.
THE opening half- dozen pages of THE SHOOTER are enough for T.
N. Murari to weave a steel-strong web of suspense and tension
tight enough to hold the reader until the final strand is cut
in a brilliantly devised finale.
The unusual hero, Paul Scott, a great detective but a bad cop,
has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for
taking "kickbacks" when his former partner, Harry Margolis,
is murdered and drugs planted in his apartment .
Scott, using an his old skills, contacts, and friends, sets out
to avenge Margolis and clear his name, but soon senses that he
too, is on the hit list. As he seeks for a motive, with the thoroughness
and ruthlessness that made him a first-class detective, his personal
anxieties grow with the kidnapping of his wife and daughters.
"The Shooter" is described as an entertainment. Perhaps
it is, but in the style of Graham Greene, with an original plot
and very real people making it a chilling thriller.
The New York background and characters are colourful and the pattern
of police procedure is authentic, based on Mr Murari 's experiences
in making a television documentary on homicide detectives in the
It is a tough, violent story, but there are moments of sensitivity
and inner- as well as physical- strength which help to put The
Shooter in the first division of crime writing. THE ECHO.