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Connections (Jack Contino Crime Stories Book 1) by [Marini, Steven P.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing (29 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R39AOO
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As its title suggests, this is a story of the connections that tie its three key characters; Maria Falcone, seemingly straight-laced college co-ed with a secret second life, neighbor and close childhood friend, Ben Secani, her protector and protagonist, and cop Jack Contino, who trails their tails into the murky depths of the Boston underworld.

Secani is tied to the Boston Mob, and is being tracked by the Boston Police in relation to a gangland killing of four men during an underworld Poker match. He shares a history with Falcone, who appears close to his heart, though the two lead rather separate and dangerous lives and, ultimately, must protect their own interests to the detriment of the other.

Contino is a dedicated and experienced cop, never afraid to face a dangerous situation and determined to protect the public interest, particularly those who struggle to protect themselves. So what will he do when he meets Falcone, who unwittingly digs herself a much bigger hole than she ever anticipates?

Author Marini does an excellent job of providing breadth and depth to his characters. His characters are particularly relatable and have you feeling a certain closeness to each and every one of them, despite the fact that they're not necessarily conventionally likeable (think cop, criminal and prostitute).

His style is a brilliant mixture of crime, mystery, intrigue and romance; each element exact in its dosage and in perfect harmony with its counterparts, producing a well-rounded, well-grounded and captivating story.

I would've liked a bit of an extended ending (and by that, I mean a little more on Maria and how things panned out for her in the end...
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Steve Marini's "Connections" is the first detective novel in what will supposedly be an ongoing series of books featuring the bright headed and charismatic veteran cop, Jack Contino. With a mid-70s Boston underground setting inhabited by mob-associated crooks and crooked cops the reader is will be in for a treat full of flying bullets and detective work in world class.

In this novel Jack Contino is set to solve the case of 4 men who have been executed point blank range at a late night poker game. With only the thinnest possible traits to follow our main character is led through a world in which he encounters fascinating individuals like the beautiful Maria Falcone, who balances on the edge of a knife with her tragic past on one side and the hopes of a better life on the other.

The wide variety of interesting and beautifully portrayed characters and the way the connections and relations between them are so intelligently intertwined serves as the main cord of this thrilling page-turner. This is where Marini really demonstrates his high value as a writer of exiting crime novels.

All in all, a great read for any fan of mystery based novels and one that won't take long to read due to the fact that you just can't put it aside!
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CONNECTIONS BY STEVEN P. MARINI
As I found out, this is the first book by this author but it sure gives us a great promise for the future titles. This is a great crime piece, the one you will read holding your breath.
The story is situated in the Boston in 1970s and it really depicts atmosphere and the city life of that time. If you wonder what was Boston like these days, you will surely be able to get a vivid picture from this great read.
Most enticing in this crime novel is an excellent portraying of individual characters and perfect, detailed knitting of their connections and relationships. Marini shows with this book that he has the creative energy and patience to create in vivid detail complex tread of interconnections of number of characters. You will enjoy following these links among the characters until the end of the story, waiting impatiently to come to the grand finale.
For any fan of the crime novels, this book is a great introduction for the future works of this author!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entry to Boston Noir 7 Dec. 2012
By Bostonian - Published on Amazon.com
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Steven Marini has added a good first novel entry to the world of Boston based crime noir. He does an excellent job of capturing the time periods and locations of greater Boston. I found the characters interesting and believable and the events could come right from today's headlines. The recent revelations regarding the Winter Hill Gang and Whitey Bulger add validity to Marini's world of 1970's cops and mobsters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connections:Excellent read 30 Aug. 2012
By dcnative - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm an avid reader of mysteries and crime/police stories. I truly enjoyed this book. Its title aptly hints at the many connections that bring the cast of very interesting characters together. Set in New England, the story also evoked many memories of my time spent in Boston and the surrounding area. I hope we see more of this author and his dectective Jack Contino soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book. Brought home memories 13 Aug. 2012
By JMF - Published on Amazon.com
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Heard about the book when getting ready for vacation on the Vineyard. Got it and read it in a couple of days. enjoyed it a lot. Grew up in Greater Boston so it was nice to know the area discussed. I am waiting to hear more about Jack Contino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Oct. 2012
By G. Ginder - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the book. One of the few in this genre that I could not put down. Interesting characters. Can't wait for the next one by Steve Marini..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dot-connecting of a mastermind 31 Mar. 2013
By Sugeroeret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Steve Marini's "Connections" is the first detective novel in what will supposedly be an ongoing series of books featuring the bright headed and charismatic veteran cop, Jack Contino. With a mid-70s Boston underground setting inhabited by mob-associated crooks and crooked cops the reader is will be in for a treat full of flying bullets and detective work in world class.

In this novel Jack Contino is set to solve the case of 4 men who have been executed point blank range at a late night poker game. With only the thinnest possible traits to follow our main character is led through a world in which he encounters fascinating individuals like the beautiful Maria Falcone, who balances on the edge of a knife with her tragic past on one side and the hopes of a better life on the other.

The wide variety of interesting and beautifully portrayed characters and the way the connections and relations between them are so intelligently intertwined serves as the main cord of this thrilling page-turner. This is where Marini really demonstrates his high value as a writer of exiting crime novels.

All in all, a great read for any fan of mystery based novels and one that won't take long to read due to the fact that you just can't put it aside!
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