Title: Blue Eyes
Author: Jerome Charyn
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com / Open Road
Publication Date: April 2012
Rating: 4 Stars
Manfred Coen is the protégé of first deputy Isaac Sidel and everyone in the department is jealous of him for it. He gets all the big assignments, fast promotions and seems to be on top of the world until a corruption scandal causes Isaac to fall from grace. Now as a normal cop, he’s tasked with finding the daughter of a porn director and finds way more than he bargained for.
Jerome Charyn’s book may have been originally published in 1977, but it’s still a fun read even now. Charyn brings a raw and gritty voice to a tale that’s just as raw and gritty. The characters are quirky and vibrant from Manfred Coen and his ping pong addiction to Chino Reyes, who does too many quirky things to mention!
I struggled a bit in the beginning with the language. Some of it is just too dated to understand and I think a glossary of these terms is needed. It would be so much nicer if we didn’t have to look these things up on the internet. The misogyny and racism is no more than expected for the time period and once you get used to Charyn’s writing style, the story is much more enjoyable. I thought I would hate this book in the beginning but now I find myself looking forward to book two.
Thank you to Tribute Books for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.