MR. X by Nick Gaitano

MR. X

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Now that his mentor, Tony Tuilio, is dead, rookie Chicago homicide detective Jake Phillips (Special Victims, 1994) has latched onto an equally obsessive new hero, Sgt. Alex (Mondo) Mondello, a man who has the ``Vision'' to pick out potential criminals just by looking at them. Mondo's carrying a lot of other baggage too: a well-earned reputation for brutality on the job; a wife who's so bent on divorce that she's been calling the precinct to complain about him; a stunning defeat (courtesy of his Vision) of the man who tried to assassinate the mayor, who still wants Mondo's badge; and an accusation by another suspected killer, lowlife Bing Bingham, that Mondo beat and railroaded him. But Bing can't afford to say what really happened: On his way home from a spot of arson to accommodate some friends, he tried to accommodate his estranged wife, Laura, by lifting some records from the phone-sex office she'd just been fired from, and ran into the execution of her sleazy ex-boss and his part-time bodyguard, Jake's despised colleague Lt. Robert Roosevelt. So Bing sits in jail while the killer, a spectacularly vicious phone-sex pervert who calls himself Mr. X, draws a bead on Laura, her budding transsexual friend, Diana, and Mondo. Unless, of course, Mr. X is Mondo. As in Jake's debut, brooding Windy City background fights a losing battle against a larger-than-life, larger-than-other-books psycho.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-671-50010-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1995




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