Review: A Dark and Broken Heart by RJ Ellory
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Vincent Madigan is in deep trouble. He is way behind on his alimony payments and, more seriously, up to his neck in debt to Sandia, the local drugs kingpin in Harlem who is also known as the 'Watermelon Man' because of the terrible acts of vengeance he inflicts against anyone who betrays him.
But there is a way out. One big heist, taking $400,000 from thieves who have just stolen it will get his life back on track. After all, they can't go to the police, can they?
But it all goes horribly wrong. The heist becomes a bloodbath in which an innocent child is seriously wounded, and then Madigan is forced to kill his co-conspirators when one threatens to reveal his true identity.
Worse still, the money turns out to be marked and unusable. Now both Sandia and the collective might of the NYPD are hunting for him.
Madigan will be forced to use every ounce of his charm and cunning and engage in a desperate battle of wits to avoid capture while at the same time wrestling with his conscience over the terrible acts he has committed.
Multi-award-winning RJ Ellory is an Englishman who chooses to set all his crime novels in the US. Each of his edgy thrillers are stand alone works richly peopled with memorably drawn characters.
A Dark and Broken Heart is a graphically violent pedal-to-the-metal thriller at one level, but at its core is Madigan's struggle to comprehend how his life has spiraled so out of control and come to terms with the damage he's done to everyone close to him.