||Jan 1, 2008
Chickenhawk is a gritty crime novel about a serial killer, cops, New York City, sex, murder, illness, madness, racism, sexism, religion, politics and vengeance.
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Theodore “Paki” Pakidorapopulos is a happily married man with a secret…he enjoys having sex with young men and boys. He likes his double life, does not consider himself gay, and even goes so far as to ridicule gay causes in his popular conservative magazine column. When he gets sick, however, everything changes. He believes he’s infected with the AIDS virus, and his comfortable world comes apart as his illness, anger, and growing madness start to affect his work and family. He takes revenge on those he blames for making him sick by killing the young male prostitutes he solicits. Two cops from Manhattan North Homicide, Eddie Ramos and Tommy Cucitti, try to track him down, but how do you catch someone who’s managed to successfully keep his double life a secret for so long? Nothing comes easy in this case as the body count grows and the cops’ jobs, reputations and lives are on the line.
‘Whoever this bastard is,’ Ramos thought, ‘he’s one step closer to being brought down.’
“He must have lost his balance or something and used the wall to steady himself,” McCall conjectured. “I guess he figured nobody would see it in the dark, or maybe he was in a hurry. We’ve already taken palm-print samples from all the workers who’d been down here recently,” McCall continued, drawing up next to Ramos and the print. “But I doubt if any of them’ll match up with this bad boy here.” McCall indicated the print with a quick shake of his light.
Ramos looked at him. “How do you figure?” He asked.
“Because,” McCall replied, holding up his hands. “Everyone else down here wears gloves.”
The song listed below is featured in the novel.
50 Cent - Im Supposed To Die Tonight [Album Version (Edited.wma
Welcome to the Apex Book Review of Arnold Wolf's
Reviewed By Sylvia Griffin
Official Apex Reviews Rating: Five Stars
Catching an unsuspecting Manhattan off guard, a series of gruesome killingsbegins drawing increased attention from both the authorities and the media. The reason: each victim is a young male Hispanic prostitute, who, prior to having his head blown off, is forced to perform fellatio, then simulate the same act on the instrument of his ultimate doom.
Relying on their seasoned savvy and extensive underground contacts, Detectives Eddie Ramos and Tommy Cucitti work around the clock in order to track the killer down and prevent more bloodshed. As the killer’s body count grows higher and higher, though, the detectives begin to feel increased heat from all angles – especially considering the fact that it’s an election year and the mayor’s job is in jeopardy.
The case finally breaks, though, as clues begin to point toward the most unlikely of suspects: a prominent, happily married syndicated columnist – who also happens to be a father of two and considered to be one of the leading authorities on morality and conservative values. What possible connection could he have to the deaths of young male prostitutes? Is it possible that he is somehow linked to what the media has begun to call the infamous “Chickenhawk” killer?
Finding out the answer to that question takes the reader on an engrossingly entertaining thrill ride in Chickenhawk. In this impressive tome, Arnold Wolf does a masterful job of intertwining mystery, suspense, and drama, resulting in a riveting script that, despite its 390 pages, reads incredibly fast and seems to end much too quickly. His genre-bending instant classic is teeming with the perfect assortment of witty, engaging characters, heartbreaking tragedy, and all-too familiar situations literally ripped from the pages of everyday life. With a jaundiced, pragmatic eye, Wolf combines such various elements with seamless precision, and with the refined skill of a true master he redefines the concept of a cliffhanger.
Like any John Grisham or Stephen King novel, the reader will finish Chickenhawk with the fervent hope that a suitable movie version is quickly forthcoming; however, as flawless as the book proves itself to be, he/she is sure to realize – with bittersweet reservation – that such a feat would be nearly impossible to achieve.
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The Queens Tribune newspaper
Reviewed By Sasha Austrie
Profile in the Queens Trbune newspaper
The novel is wonderfully vulgar, lending character and authenticity to the story. The novel opens up on a dastardly, gritty scene. A scene written in explicit detail grabs the reader from onset.
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