This time is personal, very personal. Paolo Mancuso was killed in a bar in Little Italy 20 years ago. To this day, his murder has gone unsolved…
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Joey Mancuso was enamored with his father Paolo’s lifestyle. Paolo Mancuso had followed his own father’s career into one of New York’s crime families. That was until, at the age of 16, Joey witnessed his father’s murder in a Little Italy bar. Filled with hate and seeking revenge, young Joey demanded retribution -an eye for an eye, from the famiglia only to see his father’s commilitonis or brothers-in-arms, ignore his pleas. Confused, Joey found compassion and guidance in his half-brother, Father Dominic O’Brian, a Catholic priest. Without truly understanding the ‘why’, Joey joined the NYPD four years later and within a few years, he became a decorated homicide detective. Twenty years later, having been forced to retire as an NYPD detective, the unsolved murder of his father still haunts Joey who wants closure for his mother and himself. But, is it justice or revenge he seeks? Now, as a private detective along with his brother, Father Dominic, Joey embarks in a resolute hunt for the people responsible for Paolo Mancuso’s murder. Along the way and from an unsuspecting mentor, Joey uncovers that his ardor and success as an NYPD detective stems from his inner desire to balance the scales for the crimes committed by his father. Will Joey stay within the law or crossed the lines, justifying his methods as a means to an end?
The setting for The Murder of Paolo Mancuso is the vibrant city of New York. However, the story opens in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain, where fresh clues confessed by his father’s best friend on his deathbed at Riker’s Correctional give Joey hope to finally close this cold-case.
Father Dominic O’Brian is the new pastor of Saint Helen’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, together with Joey they own and operate Captain O’Brian’s Pub and Cigar Bar in the financial district of Manhattan, which is also the center of operations for Mancuso & O’Brian Investigations, a private detective enterprise specializing in felonious and white crimes.
Author Owen Parr is a multi-award-winning novelist and best-selling author in the crime mystery genre whose acclaimed novels have received multiple awards. Parr is in the financial industry and a veteran of Wall Street from which he weaves and infuses many of the crimes in his novels utilizing some literary licenses.
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“Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite”
The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery, Book 5 is a hard-boiled sleuth mystery novel written by Owen Parr. While this is the fifth book in Parr’s series, the author gives enough background information within the story for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. When Tony (The Hammer) Falcone called Joey to his deathbed at Rikers Correctional Center, he gave Joey a name, Wetherley Stevens, and he told him to look in Barcelona. Joey had been waiting twenty years for a clue, any clue that could help him understand why there had been a hit placed on his father. Joey had been sixteen years old then, and thought of himself as part of the family. He had been there in that bar in Little Italy, with his dad and Tony the Hammer, when the man walked in and shot Tony and Joey’s dad. Tony survived, but Joey’s dad didn’t. Joey couldn’t understand why the family didn’t seek vengeance, nor did the police seem to do much to apprehend the killer, and the case quickly was consigned to the cold case files. Now, Tony’s deathbed confession finally gave Joey something to work with, and he was determined to find the answers which had so long evaded him.
The Murder of Paolo Mancuso is a tense and gripping tale about vengeance and a son’s need to understand the facts behind his father’s murder. This is the first Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian book that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last. Parr quickly familiarized me with the main characters in his series, and I loved being in sunny Barcelona along with Joey as he investigates the Wetherley Stevens’ clue. Parr’s Joey Mancuso speaks in the first person, a device that made me feel as if I were privy to his every thought and plan, and it was quite effective in keeping up the suspense. Parr’s characters are everything I could hope for in a detective/private eye series. Father Dom works quite well as Joey’s older brother and business partner, and Agnes, their office manager and “hacker extraordinaire,” is a perfect complement to the two brothers. The plot keeps the reader thinking, puzzling facts out along with Joey and being not quite sure what is going to happen throughout, and it is a positive delight for the armchair sleuth who likes their mysteries anything but cozy. And yes, I had a grand time reading this book. The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery, Book 5 is most highly recommended.”
“Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite”
With no pending cases for his team, private detective Joey Mancuso decides to look into a 20-year-old cold case – the murder of his father in a bar in Little Italy, New York City in The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen Parr. After all this time, it turns out that a death-bed clue by Paolo’s best friend, who was also injured in the shooting, gives Joey what he needs to start an investigation.
While tracking down the names given by Antonio Falcone right before his death, Joey finds himself in the middle of an unrelated murder on an exclusive South Carolina island. This blows Joey’s cover and makes his investigation into his father’s murder a bit more difficult, but his crew in New York do what they do best – dig deep, follow suspects, and come up with more information to guide Joey from New York to Barcelona, Spain, and eventually Morocco. As ‘the last advocate for the victim’, Joey is relentless in uncovering the past and digging up well-hidden secrets. Will he finally get justice for a crime committed so long ago?
Owen Parr has created another fantastic murder mystery with The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery. Although not as involved in this volume as in previous books, the supporting cast is interesting and adds to the allure of the story with their diverse natures, quirky behavior and strong attitudes. Dialogue and action are mixed well to inform you and move the story along and anticipation is stoked, urging you to keep turning the pages to see ‘whodunit’. I applaud Parr’s imagination and attention to detail. This is another excellent tale by Owen Parr and is perfect for a day at the beach or pool, or even in front of a roaring fireplace.
“Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite”
The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery by Owen Parr introduces us to an unlikely pair of crime solvers; half-brothers Joey Mancuso and Father Dominic O’Brian. Joey’s father, Paolo, was fairly high up in one of New York’s crime families when he was murdered in front of his teenage son, some twenty years ago. That and the influence of a New York City police captain saw Joey turn away from his father’s occupation and instead train to be a New York City Detective. After a successful career in the police force, Joey and his half-brother Dom, a Catholic priest, have joined forces in business, running both a cigar bar and a private detective agency. Haunted by his father’s unsolved murder and with new clues provided by Paolo’s best friend on his deathbed, Joey decides it is finally time to put this mystery behind him and discover who ordered the hit on his father all those years ago.
Owen Parr has created an unusual set of characters for this series; headlined by Joey and his brother, but including the likeable Mr Pat, the former manager of their cigar bar, Joey’s wife, FBI Special Agent Marcy, and their tech whiz, assistant Agnes. The cast of different characters is probably what lifts The Murder of Paolo Mancuso: A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery above your average murder mystery. The story is very readable, with straightforward language and a plot that flies all over the place, keeping the reader continually guessing and wondering. The plot is complex and twists relentlessly, taking the reader from New York to a small island off Hilton Head on the east coast of the US and across to Barcelona, among other places. If murder mystery is your thing, or police procedures, then this book will surely satiate your appetite. I felt myself, as a reader, continually drawn to comparison to the works of Ed McBain. I saw character parallels between McBain’s main hero, Steve Carrella, and Joey Mancuso very clearly. The styles are similar.
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BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 15: Sagrada Familia at night on August 15, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The impressive cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi is being built since 1882 and is not finished yet
The Souq or Bazzar or Market in the old town of Marrakesh in Morocco in North Africa.