Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345411013, 402pp.
Publication Date: May 20, 2008
From the bestselling author of Sleepers and former writer/producer of Law & Order comes another high-octane New York City crime drama pulsing with energy. In Lorenzo Carcaterra’s Chasers, the street-smart and highly specialized cadre of renegade NYPD cops last depicted in his acclaimed novel Apaches returns in a new tale of action and suspense.
It’s 1985, and the city that never sleeps is about to wish it had stayed in bed. The heinous machine-gun murder of innocent bystanders in a Manhattan restaurant shocks all five boroughs. The brutal slaying propels the surviving members of the Apaches–controversial, take-’em-down, outside-the-law ex-cops–into investigating a Colombian drug cartel responsible for distributing millions of kilos of cocaine on American shores.
Along for the harrowing ride with Boomer, Dead-Eye, and Reverend Jim are three new Apaches: Ash, a wounded female Hispanic cop who specializes in arson investigations; Quincy, an HIV-positive recruit who’s a forensics expert; and a retired police dog named Buttercup, a Neapolitan bullmastiff who is no ordinary animal but a gold-shield detective, highly decorated for his skills at sniffing out illegal drugs. Now this dedicated team will become Chasers, working multiple cases that will converge into one explosive, all-out street war.
They will face a gallery of formidable enemies: Quinones, a mysterious and deadly assassin; the Boiler Man, a killer as ruthless as he is cunning; Angel, a former priest turned cartel boss, determined to end his career as the richest drug baron in the world; and the G-Men, a band of dealers and doers determined to maintain their iron grip on the cocaine trade–no matter how much blood is spilled.
Fueled by Lorenzo Carcaterra’s adrenaline-rush prose and peopled with uncommon heroes and merciless crime lords tearing through city streets, Chasers proves to be this acclaimed author’s most intense novel to date.
Praise for Lorenzo Carcaterra
“Paradise City has it all: revenge, international locations, and crime-family intrigue.”
–The Detroit News
“A powerful read . . . with plenty of action and dialogue as authentic as the streets of New York.”
–St. Petersburg Times
“[A] fast-paced adventure . . . pure storytelling joy, with some eye-popping surprises along the way.”
–The New York Sun
“Pulp noir . . . Apaches showcases Carcaterra’s ability to create chillingly evil characters and a world horrifying in its depravity.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“One of the most intriguing writers around . . . Readers will no doubt die for this stuff.”
“A compellingly readable novel . . . Think of it as The Magnificent Seven Does New York.”
–The Dallas Morning News