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Titel: Safe Harbor
Verlag: William Morrow
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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Anyone who knows him will tell you that Mark Torrence is a decent man--a dedicated father, a person whose ingrained honesty and integrity is evident in his every action and all his personal dealings.
Ask James Bracken, however, and he'll describe a very different Torrence: a rat who squealed, then vanished into the Witness Protection Program; a traitor who ticked off powerful people who don't forget and never forgive; an untrustworthy lowllife who needs to die. For once upon a time, Mark Torrence was not a pillar of his society--he was not even Mark Torrence. In a previous New York City life, he was Tommy Torelli, an associate of wiseguys who made their bones through violence, extortion, thieveryand much worse. Bracken-a world class hit man with a swollen bank account--is willing to take Torrence/Torelli down gratis, in order to satisfy inner demons that will be appeased only by vengeance and with blood. And he's ready to eliminate anyone who stands between him and his well-hidden target.
As Torrence's paranoia grows to unmanageable proportions--as he senses an ever--closing circle of terror getting tighter and tighter around him--he realizes that his new identity has become a liabilityand that the only way to survive is to become something he despises: the man he once was. Because now only Tommy Torelli can save Mark Torrence and his family--and perhaps even salvage a small part of the new life he built out of the ruins. But the price might well be his soul.
Rezension: Before his strange death in 1997 (his body was found hanging outside his Chicago office), Eugene Izzi wrote some of the best crime fiction in recent memory. His hard-edged books like A Matter of Honor and The Criminalist are told from the criminal's point of view.
Safe Harbor was first published in England in 1995, when Izzi was having trouble finding an American outlet. It's a familiar story: the mobster who becomes an informer for the best of reasons (in this case to protect his child) and then enters a witness protection program and goes on to lead a blameless life. Mark Torrence (called Tommy Torelli in his criminal days) is threatened in his new and secret life by a ghost from the past--a vengeful hit man named James Bracken. This vicious and depraved killer has his own very good and perversely logical reasons for hunting down Torrence.
What gives the book new life and lots of energy is the way Izzi develops his characters using small strokes of reality. Even the incredibly obnoxious next-door neighbor who accidentally leaks Torrence's true identity is made human because we get to peek into his daily life.
Not having any more new books by Izzi to look forward to is a great loss, but the late arrival of Safe Harbor makes it a bit more bearable. --Dick Adler
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