Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: 'The Last Collar' by Lawrence Kelter

Popular New York author Lawrence Kelter has published over twelve mystery thrillers that always manage to find their way to the top of readers’ favorites. He is joined by Oregon co-author Frank Zafiro (the moniker used by Frank Scalise for writing his many successful books), a police officer who has risen to the rank of captain. Together these two fine writers have combined forces to examine a true crime and relate it in novel form as a super-thriller.

These men have captured the aura of New York City – or rather Brooklyn neighborhood and have managed to use a true story as the nidus for an impressive thriller mystery. It takes the expertise of authors who have been there/done that to capture the pungent flavors of the period and era and with the combined backgrounds of mystery writer and police career, the result is a THE LAST COLLAR to step into carefully – and with complete satisfaction with a story.

The synopsis provided correctly shares the outline of the plot – ‘The demons that drive John “Mocha” Moccia to obsess, to put absolutely everyone under a microscope, and scratch away at every last clue, make him the best hardnosed detective in Brooklyn homicide. But these same demons may very well write the final chapter in his career. He isn’t the kind of detective to take no for an answer, but in his most recent case answers are damn hard to come by. Partnered with the conscientious Detective Matt Winslow, Mocha endeavors to solve the murder of the wealthy and beautiful Jessica Shannon, a woman who had every reason to live. As Mocha and Winslow strive to push forward the hands of time and solve the murder, their imposing lieutenant breathes down their necks, suspects are scarce, and all of the evidence seems to be a dead end. With the last precious grains of sand falling through the hourglass, Mocha pushes ever forward, determined to make an arrest, even if it means this collar will be his last.’

Exceptional attention to detail – much like a painter or sculptor creating art – Kelter and Zafiro make this fast-paced story real as the crimes past and present of New York City. Fine story telling by fine writers. Grady Harp, December 17

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