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Final Atonement (A Doug Orlando Mystery Book 1)

Final Atonement (A Doug Orlando Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Neil Johnson
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LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST MYSTERY! The bestselling crime novels of New York life in the early nineties are back. Gruff, weary, gay Brooklyn Homicide cop Doug Orlando is facing his most shocking case: Rabbi Avraham Rabowitz lay in a pool of his own blood, a prayer shawl stuffed down his throat, and his beard shaved off. The question for Detective Orlando isn’t who hated the right wing religious sect leader—Rabowitz had been the open enemy of blacks, gays, pro-choice women, even fellow Jews. In a case that moves from the depths of the ghetto to the high-rise office of a real estate glamour-boy tycoon, the suspects come in every color and shade of belief. And unless Orlando can defuse a ticking time bomb of tension by nailing the killer, the melting pot of the city is going to melt down….

About the Author

You can learn more about Steve Neil Johnson at his web site: Steve is the author of the bestselling Doug Orlando mysteries, FINAL ATONEMENT (Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Mystery) and FALSE CONFESSIONS. The books grew out of his experiences working for the District Attorney of Brooklyn. His other books include the occult thriller THIS ENDLESS NIGHT, the young adult novel RAISING KANE, and the middle-grade book (under the pseudonym Rathbone Ravenford) EVERYBODY HATES EDGAR ALLAN POE! He was honored by ONE/National Gay & Lesbian Archives for his contributions to gay literature. He is a longtime resident of Los Angeles, where he is writing his four-book four-decade spanning saga of gay life from the 1950s to the 1980s, The L.A. AFTER MIDNIGHT Quartet. The first book in the series, THE YELLOW CANARY, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Mystery. The second book in the series, THE BLACK CAT, was recently published.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clutching Hand Books (4 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent crime thriller 1 July 2013
By Ping
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An excellent crime thriller set amongst the New York Hasid community. A super detective - Orlando. A bad cop - Briggs. The plot turns and twists and the ending is satisfying. I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Authentic New York Dectective Story 2 Sep 1997
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All mysteries with gay characters should be this "real". The book's central character, Doug Orlando, struggles with integrating his life as a gay man and a dectective while solving a crime that seems taken from a New York Post headline. The book is fascinating for anyone who has an interest New York City as the situations and characters are written with an affection for the city as well as a clear-eye for the foibles of New Yorkers. Outside New York, the truth, honesty, and excitement of the story will hold readers wherever they live.

Quality mysteries don't come around very often. Well written mysteries with a central character who is gay are rare indeed. Both of the Doug Orlando stories will be a wecome addition to any mystery reader's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great series 19 Sep 2011
By J. Rosen - Published on
Nobody does a better job of capturing the tensions between various minority groups in Brooklyn than Steve Neil Johnson in the Doug Orlando Mysteries, FINAL ATONEMENT and FALSE CONFESSIONS. Yet he expresses so much compassion for the characters and such a love for the neighborhoods that you feel like you've lived there your whole life and fought their battles with them. Doug Orlando, a Brooklyn Homicide cop, is a compelling and haunting character: ostracized by his fellow cops for testifying against his brutish former patrol-car partner, Briggs, in a grand jury probe, his life in danger as much from other cops as criminals. The heart of the story, though, is the relationship between Orlando and his partner of many years, Stewart, which is troubled but filled with love and humor. The plot itself is ripped-from-the-headlines: when a politically active right-wing rabbi is murdered in a bizarre manner in the city's Hasidic stronghold, Williamsburg, Orlando must track down the killer before hostilities between minority groups in the overcrowded city explode. The neighborhoods are so vividly described, you feel like you could taste them. Astute political commentary and memorable characters that stay with you long after you've finished the book make these novels special. Johnson's style is so sharp it cuts like a knife, and both books move at a rapid-fire pace that keeps you turning the pages. I highly recommend this captivating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Debut 16 Aug 2010
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An excellent first effort from Steve Johnson that centers around a comfortably gay police detective with normal colleague and relationship problems -- not to mention a nice twisted mystery that touches upon an powder keg combination of race, religion and sex. Can't wait to read the second outing of detective Doug Orlando but my eagerness is tempered with the knowledge that only two entries exist in the series. I feel lucky I stumbled upon these out of print books.

Update: Both books are now back in print in new editions. Final Atonement: A Doug Orlando Mystery Find them here and check them out!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner by Steve Neil Johnson 19 Feb 2014
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Evil can lurk everywhere, including in the heart of a rabid right-wing rabbi. This is a real page-turner as you share in the struggles of a good cop who has been ostracized by his fellow officers (both for reporting the truth and being gay). Love the relationship he has with his lover in all its ups and downs. The ending put a smile on my face. I KNOW what's going to happen just as the book ends! There's something to be said about being awakened by a pesky barking dog next door!
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever whodunnit involving a non-stereotype gay cop 3 Feb 2014
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Clever whodunnit involving a non-stereotype gay cop. Slightly over-PC, though pulling the heartstrings. Now to find sequels or more books of the same writer, hopefully featuring Orlando!
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