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Tuesday 8 November 2022

‘Snowstorm in August’ by Marshall Karp

Published by Black Stone,
6 September 2022.
ISBN: 979-8-20071401-8 (HB)

The book opens with ninety-two-year-old Amelia Gladstone looking out of her window and not believing her eyes. Snow is falling over Central Park – in August! However, it’s not snow, but uncut cocaine. The Park is buried under four thousand pounds of it. Birds drop from the sky, horses fall to the ground and death comes to a huge number of people relaxing in the sun.

We then go back ten days and learn of how a certain tragic incident on Liberty Island led to the disbanding of a special NYPD unit for combating terrorism.

A Trace Baker with the backing of four millionaires sets up another top team which includes former New York police officer Danny Corcoron. It will take over from the disbanded unit. Their first task is to put a stop to Joaquin Alboroto, a notoriously powerful drug lord who they know was responsible for the spreading of death over Central Park. Alboroto holds New York and its people responsible for the deaths of his wife and son and plans further revenge after the success of his “cokestorm” as it becomes known.

It now becomes the unit’s number one priority to find out what diabolical disaster Alboroto has in mind. They enlist the help of Russian Fyodor Malenkov who knows the drug lord is responsible for the deaths of members of his family and seeks redress. He leads them to the notorious “el Portuguese” well known in the drugs world, but very elusive.

The more Trace and Danny’s unit discover the more they find it completely unbelievable what Alboroto has in store for New York and its citizens, how can they find a way of stopping him? They are led to believe el Portuguese can help them, they certainly need assistance.

Danny also has personal problems of his own when his wife’s sister is accused of murdering her husband. Is she innocent or not? Surely this can’t have anything to do with Alboroto too can it?

When I first picked this book up, I thought here we go another usual gangland story. However I’m glad to say it wasn’t usual at all. It turned out to be a great, continually heart stopping and action packed thriller. More than once I found my jaw actually dropping open at some of the unexpected revelations. Highly recommended for readers who love a “roller coaster” of a ride!

Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Marshall Karp is an award-winning advertising executive, he has also written for stage, screen, and television. His first feature film, Just Looking, directed by Jason Alexander, was released in 2000. Having spent time on both East and West Coasts, he now lives in upstate New York.


Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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