Monday, April 15, 2013

Tales of Tomasewski: Review

Tales of Tomasewski
Tales of Tomasewski
Author: Del Staecker
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Pages: 213


Chicago’s best rogue cop is hard at work.

Tales of Tomasewski is terrifically entertaining. As brilliant veteran cop Jake Thompson outwits one twisted criminal after another, the plot cooks, the dialogue snaps, and the lean prose surprises with great bursts of humor, insight, and gritty poetry. (Jim Zervanos, author of, Love Park)

Jake Thompson, aka Jan Tomasewski, is in cop purgatory—for doing the right thing. Jake has a nose for cases that punish him for doing what’s right. In fact, the hospital issued him a frequent-patient card with extra points—for habitually doing the right thing. A crayon box full of victims, villains, and friends vibrantly color the cases Jake encounters on Chicago’s gritty Southside and follows to the Caribbean, Hong Kong and beyond. (Joyce Faulkner, award winning author of, Username) (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's not a novel really, each chapter is a separate short story. This made it for a really fast read. It's not the most intense or complex crime book but it is a lot of fun.

The main character makes a major career mistake and is now stuck in a department that he hates. He feels like he'll never get out and is counting down the days until he can retire. There are several instances where he goes out of his way to solve big crimes thinking that they will be his ticket out but nothing seems to work. It would be very discouraging to be in his place. Even though he is a hero, he isn't treated as one. The author did a wonderful job portraying the characters and making them very likable and memorable. I really loved Jake. He had flaws and he wasn't perfect (who is?) and this made him even more lovable for me. I would love to read more about him in future books. This was a fun and entertaining read with some humor thrown in.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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