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A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach.But s A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach.But soon, Hardin’s stuck in Chicago with diamonds he can’t sell and a series of hit men, mobsters, and a Washington off-the-books black ops team on his tail.The resulting body count leaves Chicago detective John Lynch trying to find connections among the victims, while simultaneously solving the murder of a dead infectious disease expert who’d drafted a biological weapons plan that could turn Chicago into a ghost town.


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A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach.But s A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach.But soon, Hardin’s stuck in Chicago with diamonds he can’t sell and a series of hit men, mobsters, and a Washington off-the-books black ops team on his tail.The resulting body count leaves Chicago detective John Lynch trying to find connections among the victims, while simultaneously solving the murder of a dead infectious disease expert who’d drafted a biological weapons plan that could turn Chicago into a ghost town.

30 review for Greed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I liked Penance more. This was hard boiled. It's complex and yet the language noir and filled with slang talk made it difficult to read for me. It uses nearly constant context to a type of power or "man" talk nuance. Hipster? It's so intertwined with cool that most of the time I can't follow the exact meanings of the conversations, to be truthful. Well worth the twists and the multitude of characters, especially if you are a reader who loves the tough guy talk detective or copper of the past. But I liked Penance more. This was hard boiled. It's complex and yet the language noir and filled with slang talk made it difficult to read for me. It uses nearly constant context to a type of power or "man" talk nuance. Hipster? It's so intertwined with cool that most of the time I can't follow the exact meanings of the conversations, to be truthful. Well worth the twists and the multitude of characters, especially if you are a reader who loves the tough guy talk detective or copper of the past. But this one is very of the present. Almost too much for my taste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Good news and bad news, my mystery/thriller GR friends. The good news is Dan O'Shea's "Greed", the second John Lynch Chicago mystery/thriller, is better than "Penance", the first book in the series which I awarded 5 stars for excellence. The bad news is there is no third John Lynch book as yet. "Greed" deals with Nick Hardin, a decorated ex-marine and Foreign Legion veteran who is back in his home town of Chicago to sell 150 million dollars in hijacked conflict diamonds. He is pursued by the Chi Good news and bad news, my mystery/thriller GR friends. The good news is Dan O'Shea's "Greed", the second John Lynch Chicago mystery/thriller, is better than "Penance", the first book in the series which I awarded 5 stars for excellence. The bad news is there is no third John Lynch book as yet. "Greed" deals with Nick Hardin, a decorated ex-marine and Foreign Legion veteran who is back in his home town of Chicago to sell 150 million dollars in hijacked conflict diamonds. He is pursued by the Chicago mob, an Iranian hit man, Al-Qaeda, mysterious Washington spooks, a big shot movie star and the head of a Mexican drug cartel with separate grudges against Hardin. Trying to put all the pieces together are Chicago PD detective John Lynch and his new partner "Slow-Mo" Bernstein who soon realize they are dealing with bigger, more deadly fish to fry than stolen diamonds and publicity hogging empty political suits in Chicago. Crime fiction just does not get any better than this!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Col

    Synopsis/blurb......... The Second Detective John Lynch Chicago Thriller A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach. But soon, Hardin’s stuck in Chicago with diamonds he can’t sell Synopsis/blurb......... The Second Detective John Lynch Chicago Thriller A taut US urban thriller by Chicago’s answer to Dennis Lehane. For fans of Lehane, C. J. Box & Jeffery Deaver. Ex-Marine, Nick Hardin, heads back from a decade in Africa to his hometown, Chicago, with $100 million in blood diamonds stolen from an Al Qaeda’s financing pipeline. His retirement plan? To cash out through a Chicago Mossad contact and head for the beach. But soon, Hardin’s stuck in Chicago with diamonds he can’t sell and a series of hit men, mobsters, and a Washington off-the-books black ops team on his tail. The resulting body count leaves Chicago detective John Lynch trying to find connections among the victims, while simultaneously solving the murder of a dead infectious disease expert who’d drafted a biological weapons plan that could turn Chicago into a ghost town. ----------------------------------------------- My take..... Dan O’Shea is one of my finds of the year so far. (Ok, it was late 2013 when he appeared on my radar – if we’re being picky.) Last month his debut novel, Penance scooped the much coveted, supreme accolade of Col’s Criminal Library January book of the month. This month his follow-up, Greed smacks it out of the park again and is a contender for February. Fortunately I still have his short story collection, Old School to look forward to. We are re-introduced to Detective Lynch and his partner, Slo-Mo Bernstein as well as a whole new cast of intriguing characters this time. I’ll give up on reviewing this thing coherently, because if I was to wax lyrical about every facet of this superb multi-layered crime marvel, I would be here for a month of Sundays and still wouldn’t be able to do it justice. In the space of 410-odd pages we have tech-wiz surveillance, diamonds, WMDs, hit-men, Mexican drug lords and cartels, Chicago gang-bangers, Hollywood actors, Mob bosses and flunkies, hookers, FBI, DEA, Mossad, Al-Qaeda, local cops, ex-marines, Scottish nearly-nuns, Washington-black op types, Hezbollah, the Foreign Legion, financiers, Oprah, Liberia, Africa, Lebanon, Iran, Vietnam, France, Israel, family, death, loss, refuge, robbery, shootings, revenge, identity, retirement plans...........and a whole plethora of things I have forgotten. If you were to sit me down and pin me to the chair and force me to re-read this straight away, I’d thank you. Not a dull sentence, paragraph, page or chapter in sight. O’Shea deserves to reach a wide audience with this book, which was recently released by Exhibit A books. Up top in the blurb he is compared to Lehane, Box and Deaver, but having read two of the three, I’d disagree – he’s better! 6 from 5 Accessed via Net Galley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benoit Lelièvre

    I've greatly enjoyed this novel, but I suspect my reasons are atypical. But it's an atypical novel that's halfway between the geopolitical thriller and classic Western, where the sheriff ends up shooting everybody and marrying the girl. Except it's happening in 2014 and resolution isn't that neatly wrapped in the twenty-first century. Really enjoyed how typical geopolitical elements were absorbed in a typical cop novel, which was kept even-headed by having a third person narration. Too many chara I've greatly enjoyed this novel, but I suspect my reasons are atypical. But it's an atypical novel that's halfway between the geopolitical thriller and classic Western, where the sheriff ends up shooting everybody and marrying the girl. Except it's happening in 2014 and resolution isn't that neatly wrapped in the twenty-first century. Really enjoyed how typical geopolitical elements were absorbed in a typical cop novel, which was kept even-headed by having a third person narration. Too many characters, maybe. It was confusing following the who's who at time, but it was a barn burner otherwise.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Can you believe this?! OK, I think Dan O'Shea, the author of "Greed", made a wager with a good buddy that he could put every possible major type of bad-guy, and high-crime international, national, and local scenario into one story, just one book, and make it all right. The fact is that he did it, heaping characters upon characters, and then killing most of them off. The upside of this is that the reader can relax about names and affiliations a bit. It is pretty evident who the major players a Can you believe this?! OK, I think Dan O'Shea, the author of "Greed", made a wager with a good buddy that he could put every possible major type of bad-guy, and high-crime international, national, and local scenario into one story, just one book, and make it all right. The fact is that he did it, heaping characters upon characters, and then killing most of them off. The upside of this is that the reader can relax about names and affiliations a bit. It is pretty evident who the major players are by the time you are half way through; most readers will stay with it just to see, if nothing else, just how this ambitious crime writer pulls it off.Not only are there stacks of characters, there are the stacks of bad guys: diamond, but mostly crime, and drug, and this makes for a bunch of SUVs. Finally, there are stacks of Agencies involved—all except the Brits, that is. Enter the mystery man, who has a specific job: manipulating the activity, and the spin on the activity, to suit a political agenda which keeps Americans on their toes by giving them a boogeyman. He has a name, but no public face. Whether he really exists, I do not know. Is he a plausible device? I would say so.With all the action there is not much room for character development, but by the end you will just feel good: O'Shea pulled it off—as did downtown Chicago Investigators John Lynch and his partner, Schlomo Bernstein. And finally, so did goodpeople/badpeople Hardin and Wilson.This is a lively crime story set in Chicago. Lots of intricate scenes involving Chicago streets, which will not have much meaning to those readers who do not know Chicago. However, the whole novel is worth that feeling of incredulity a reader experiences as each layer gets stacked into the narrative.They will probably film the movie in Chicago, anyway, so then you can visualize it for real. I wonder how much Mr. O'Shea made on that wager?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dolly Sandor

    Review: Greed And here I am, finding another author I enjoy.  I might have to stay off of Net Galley for awhile.What I liked:  Again, I was pleasantly surprised by Greed.  I didn't read the first in the series (I will go back and read it now though) and it didn't impact the reading of this book very much.  Mr. O'Shea gives you enough backstory to understand what's going on.I enjoyed all the characters and the pacing of Greed.  I'm not sure you can call Nick Hardin a "good guy" but I really conne Review: Greed And here I am, finding another author I enjoy.  I might have to stay off of Net Galley for awhile.What I liked:  Again, I was pleasantly surprised by Greed.  I didn't read the first in the series (I will go back and read it now though) and it didn't impact the reading of this book very much.  Mr. O'Shea gives you enough backstory to understand what's going on.I enjoyed all the characters and the pacing of Greed.  I'm not sure you can call Nick Hardin a "good guy" but I really connected with his character.  The writing and story development was top notch.  I was surprised that I didn't want to put the book down and ended up staying awake way too late.  The closer it gets to the end, the more you want to know.  I'll be putting this series on my must buy list!What I didn't like:  Be warned, there are a lot of characters and you should try to keep track of them.  It's important.Overall, Greed hit all the right buttons for a good thriller.  If you can, start with the first in the series, Penance.  It's not completely necessary but why pass up a good read.Both editions are a little high, Kindle is $5.79 and paperback is $10.78 but if it won't bust your book budget, it's worth the readHighly Recommend!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daryl

    $150 million in stolen West African diamonds. Al-Qaeda. Hezbollah. The Mafia. Mexican drug cartels. The Mossad. Secret black-ops government operatives. Even the fucking French Foreign Legion. All of this and more comes into play in the second Detective John Lynch novel from Dan O'Shea. And everything is tied together in a way (or ways) that make perfect sense. Lynch seems almost a secondary character here; probably more than half the chapters center around others. Most of those chapters are shor $150 million in stolen West African diamonds. Al-Qaeda. Hezbollah. The Mafia. Mexican drug cartels. The Mossad. Secret black-ops government operatives. Even the fucking French Foreign Legion. All of this and more comes into play in the second Detective John Lynch novel from Dan O'Shea. And everything is tied together in a way (or ways) that make perfect sense. Lynch seems almost a secondary character here; probably more than half the chapters center around others. Most of those chapters are short, only a few pages long (there are 108 of them in the book), and they seldom continue from the previous chapter, usually switching scenes, perspectives, and often time frames. This is a complex and rewarding novel, and it wasn't until about halfway through it 'til I realized what O'Shea was doing, in switching perspectives between the myriad of characters. But while changing perspectives, the author maintains a noirish, hard-boiled style throughout. He never pulls punches in the narrative. Just one example: "But the tobacco-sucking, booze-swilling American electorate was convinced that Jesus didn't like drugs, besides cigarettes and booze." This is writing that deserves a wider audience. O'Shea is a good friend of a good friend, but to the best of my recollection, I've never met him. But I am thoroughly enjoying his books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Full disclosure: I received this book as part of a giveaway. I enjoyed this book...I believe it is well written and engaging. My father borrowed 'Greed' and finished it over a weekend- so that is an example of how quickly you can be drawn in to the book! The only drawback to it was that there are many different characters/storylines running in parallel, so that at times it can be hard to keep track of them. Full disclosure: I received this book as part of a giveaway. I enjoyed this book...I believe it is well written and engaging. My father borrowed 'Greed' and finished it over a weekend- so that is an example of how quickly you can be drawn in to the book! The only drawback to it was that there are many different characters/storylines running in parallel, so that at times it can be hard to keep track of them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robb

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  10. 4 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Ogden

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Beetner

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Jake Bialos

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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    Eddie Kelly

  29. 5 out of 5

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