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Central Park West: the unmissable debut legal thriller of the year

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This is a psychological drama about whether the justice system will work properly (is there a “nexus” or we can’t prosecute even though we have a pile of evidence? In September 2020, his first book, “A Higher Loyalty,” was made into a Showtime limited series, “The Comey Rule. In the Mafia trial, when it appears that Frenchie's evidence will convict D'Amico, the mobster secretly passes a note to the prosecution team, in an effort to make a deal. Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

However, the murdered governor has an estranged and disgruntled wife who has excellent motives for killing him. Nora works to find the real killer of the disgraced former governor, apparently a mob hit, even as the evidence points to the wife. There were a couple of really charming characters - Benny, the long term FBI agent and Frenchie, the criminal associate of the NY mob who endeared himself to the jury and showed off his knowledge of the work of Marc Chagall. S. attorney, he tells the guy, “Look, I could give a shit where you put your dick, but I’m guessing your wife cares. The key witness against D'Amico is a thief nicknamed Frenchie, who stole high-end artworks for The Nose.A mobster’s trial and the murder of a former New York governor reveal a possible intersection between the Mafia and politics. In the thrilling first crime novel from the former director of the FBI, a murder investigation reveals deadly connections between high-ranking politicians and the mafia. In addition to showing some of the the inner workings of the Southern District of New York, Comey's novel highlights the rivalry between the Manhattan D. Of course, there are a couple of twists - rather predictable twists, really, but still exciting and entertaining, nonetheless.

The trial scene was an exception, as it appeared to be written with the benefit of knowledge and experience. But if I'm being completely honest, the thing I liked best about Central Park West were the details. The “Luv Guv’s” ex-wife has been accused of the murder, but Nora’s federal defendant in another case opens a suspicion that maybe the swine-ish politician was knocked off by the mob. Along the way, for instance, we learn that Carleton may be gay or bisexual and that she also had a yearlong semiromantic relationship with Burke while the two were in college.It's about a murder investigation that reveals deadly connections between high-ranking politicians and the mafia. James Comey had a wonderful history working within the FBI on both criminal and legal matters, though his firing left him with a fair bit of time on his hands. Sorry about the italics, but the overuse of that word (along with "poignant", for instance) kind of drive me crazy. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. It’s undeniable that [Comey’s] experience brings a plethora of realism to his first attempt at writing fiction.

I'm sure we have James's wife and several daughters (I believe he has at least 3 or 4, out of 5 kids! But when the defendant in a federal case against a high-powered New York gangster decides to cooperate and provides evidence that Burke’s death was mob-related, prosecutor Nora Carleton and her investigator, Benny Dugan, find themselves digging in to Burke’s background and his links to the infamous Gambino family in a race against time to find the truth before an innocent woman goes to jail. Elsewhere in the book, a lawyer appears to outmaneuver his opponent in court and his internal monologue is actually presented to the reader as “How you like them apples? A powerful narrative that moves at a swift pace, balancing courtroom drama with the underlying investigative prowess, proves to be the cornerstone of this great piece.

A whole essay could be written about Comey’s struggle to credibly align the story with modern liberal sensibilities concerning race and sex. I really enjoyed the courtroom scenes, the back and forth and not knowing who was telling the truth, if anyone. But, by the time I got to the last third of the book, I really didn't care too much about how it was going to turn out.

In a weirdly cute, banter-filled meeting with her defense lawyer — whose 6-foot-2 frame is, of course, “toned by hours on a Peloton” — Kyra insists that the killer must have been someone disguised to look just like her. James Comey combines his insider knowledge of every level of the justice system with a natural storytelling voice to create a winning debut in Central Park West. On top of this, I was fascinated by Comey, firstly as someone involved in a lot of Mob prosecutions (The Irishman is an aficionado of Mob history and, as a result, I’ve learnt more about it than would have been my inclination otherwise) and later as Director of the FBI and the controversy surrounding the ending of his tenure under President Donald Trump. However, the intelligence of the author and his sophistication of today's world of crime and legalities make this novel a big yes. If I must carp a bit, I'll say the transition could use a little improvement - in spots, it jumps around a bit.

The dismissal, the memo, and Comey's subsequent Congressional testimony were interpreted by some commentators as evidence of obstruction of justice and became part of a widening investigation by Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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