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03 January 2010

Leading Lady by Heywood Gould: A Book Review

Title: Leading Lady
Author: Heywood Gould
Publisher: Five Star Publishing
Publication Date: February 20, 2008
Hardcover: 297 pages
ISBN: 978-1594146480
Genre: Thriller


About the Book

On a gray winter’s day in New York a motley group of strangers are thrust together. They are:

An escaped convict intent on revenge.
An exotic dancer who dreams of becoming a great actress.
A super secret agent on an impossible mission.
Two Delta Force operatives who want to shoot everybody in sight.
A Mafia killer with a noseful of coke and a piece of broken glass in his eye.
A Russian billionaire with powerful connections.
A crooked jewelry dealer in search of a family heirloom.
A wealthy woman hiding a guilty past.
And…A three fingered Albanian crook who hopes he’ll make it through the day.
Their lives collide on a twisting, turning journey through New York’s underworld with a surprise popping up at every corner.

This suspenseful noir thriller will keep you guessing until the explosive ending.

My review:

When asked to review books I am occasionally requested to review outside my preferred genres. Often I decline, knowing full well I will not care for the novel's subject thus giving the novel an unfair review. Other times I find a treasure in a book I would not normally choose to read simply based on the genre it falls under. Unfortunately I did not find a treasure in Leading Lady. With that said, Leading Lady is a well-written novel. The plot twists, double crosses, and key players are in the proper places and are meant to keep the reader fully engaged in the novel. Great detail was paid to the gangster and mafia styles of speech and Gould's fluidity of writing and attention to even the smallest detail in the action packed scenes keeps the novel moving at a fast clip. If a reader is looking for an action packed thriller filled with gangsters, mafia, and violence, then Leading Lady may be a novel to try.

About the Author

Heywood Gould was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn. He got his start as a reporter for the New York Post. Later he financed years of rejection with the usual colorful jobs including, cabdriver, mortician’s assistant industrial floor waxer, bartender and screenwriter. He has written twelve books and nine screenplays, among them “Fort Apache, The Bronx” Boys From Brazil,” “Cocktail” and Rolling Thunder
I received a free copy of Leading Lady from the author. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel. To learn more, please visit the author's website.


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