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The Punishing Game (A Frank Boff Mystery Book 2) by [Gottlieb, Nathan]
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Book 2 of 6 in A Frank Boff Mystery (6 Book Series)

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About the Author

A former reporter for The {Newark} Star-Ledger, Nathan Gottlieb is the author of The Hurting Game, the first Frank Boff Mystery. He has also published two other books, Stinger, and The Zukovka Experiment. Gottlieb lives in New York, where he writes for HBO's boxing website and is working on the third book in the Frank Boff Mystery series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1000 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Endless String (17 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVU1J58
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,458,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've enjoyed the three books in the series.I hope there is more to come and very soon.Frank Boff is a great character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boff does it again...this time in the Big Apple! 21 Feb. 2014
By kittyb1 - Published on Amazon.com
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When you first begin this book, you think it’s just another light, entertaining cops and bad guys yarn. However, as the pages go by, you realize the author has slowly and skillfully pulled you into the center of a convoluted scheme of murder, greed and corruption. Mr. Gottlieb introduces us to some new appealing characters along with his usual assortment of disgusting villains. As in the first book of this series, our hero Cullen’s somewhat stoic demeanor, except when he is in the ring, plays off well against the flamboyant wiseass, Boff. Lots of action and re-action in this fast moving story moves on to a breath-holding conclusion. In the final scenes, however, the outcome is predictable, but welcome none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex and amusing build-up to surprise ending (how, not who) 10 Dec. 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Boff is larger than life. He has a Sherlock Holmes type analytical mind and far fewer scruples. Danny Cullen is an up-and-coming young boxer. Both Danny and Frank live in Las Vegas but Danny has gone to New York to train for a fight that is crucial to his career. When he is slightly injured in a drive-by shooting that kills the owner of the local gym, police say they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Boff doesn't agree and flies to New York, his home town, to investigate over Danny's vehement protests. Boff is right, of course, and is soon deep into an investigation that just might be fatal to Danny, his coach Ryan, Ryan's family, and Boff.
There is a tart humor to the story, mostly in the way people respond to Boff, and the plot has a logical structure, which is almost but not quite resolved. (Whatever happened to Ricci?) I enjoyed the book with its quirky characters (Boff's mother is a gem!). It is a light, fast, and not too bloody read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GO BOISE STATE !!!!!!! 3 Dec. 2014
By Steven Brogdon - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the first book in the Punishing Game series and couldn't wait for this one. It was a great read until page 317 when he named the Boise State Broncos football team. Then it became a fantastic read!!!!! Even with out naming the greatest team in NCAA football :) I would have given him 5 stars. The story stretches credibility but I see it as a semi comedy, not a straight forward crime novel. The characters are likeable, entertaining and an eclectic mix of personalities. I will be looking for book 3.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid, readable hard boiled tale. 16 Dec. 2014
By Matt Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't come looking for something new, but The Punishing Game is a solid, readable if formulaic slab of hard-boiled drama. Well-written and clever, the story flows along with ease and keeps one coming back. There's no real mystery and the whole thing is obvious as the day is long by two-thirds of the book, but it's nevertheless a fun, engaging read with smart dialogue and believable characters. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not often does a second book in a series soar, but this one does. 10 April 2014
By K. Mitnick - Published on Amazon.com
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Supposedly, lightning is highly unlikely-almost never- to strike twice in the same place. I'm not sure what the odds are, but I think they're probably up there in the same neighborhood as hitting the lottery - twice.

So when I recently finished reading (and reviewing) a terrific book called "The Hurting Game" by Nathan Gottlieb, I was really hoping that the second (and third) titles that I had would be as good as that first one.

Well, guess what? By the time I got to the third chapter in "The Punishing Game," it was very clear that lightning was going to strike twice in the same place. Early in the book, the main character, Frank Boff, was a minor player and Danny Cullen, the boxer, was the main character. As the story progresses, though, Boff becomes more important to the storyline.

Having the same characters in books that comprise a series always makes the reader feel comfortable. Continuity of the characters gives the reader that feeling of knowing who the players are. But here in The Punishing Game, Gottlieb introduces new characters who immediately become an organic part of the story as well as having a perfect fit with the previous "cast members." Right away, they "belong" here and fit smoothly right into the storyline.

The central character, Frank Boff, is one of those rare people in the world of fiction who seem to take on a life of their own, a life almost too realistic to believe. But believe we do. He's the kind of character who is at once despicable and lovable. We know that he used to work for the DEA and gave it up to become a private investigator who now works what he calls the "dark side." He now makes a living as an investigator for criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to getting their accused clients - drug dealers, murderers, and the like -free from all charges. Where Frank used to work to put them behind bars, he now works even harder to keep them from prison.

We're not quite sure why he does this, but he does enough so that we still like him and even respect him. We feel that way because Nat Gottlieb has crafted this character to have a deep sense of what is right and what is wrong. The books make a concerted effort to deliver to us that side of his character that makes him a good guy - despite our mixed feelings about what constitutes good and bad. Add to that Frank is also neurotic and completely single-minded about what his goals are at any given moment. There is also quite a lot to like about Boff, especially his warmth toward kids and older people. We also get a chance in The Punishing Game to meet Boff's typical Jewish mother, who still lives in The Bronx and still runs the family "candy store" (with a shotgun behind the counter).

Great storylines, beautifully crafted characters and the complete capture of the locations where it all takes place make Nat Gottlieb's books the kind that get that special place on your bookshelf - that place where the great books go. The ones that you know will be read over and over, whenever you feel the call for a great story. Even ones that you've already been through.

So, at the risk of not telling too much of the story so that it spoils it for you, all I'm going to say is that you really need to get one of these books. Read it and you'll understand why Frank Boff is right up there at the top of the list of my favorite thriller characters. You'll thank me for telling you to do this before you've even read the first few chapters.

I mean, have I ever lied to you before?
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