Book Critique - Flawless (New York Confidential #1)

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: A brilliant start to a cop drama series mixed in with the Irish Pub and history by Heather Graham that has all the elements of crime, romance and the infamous law & order.

Flawless is the first book in the New York Confidential series by Heather Graham published in March of 2016. The series revolves around the Finnegan family and FBI Agent Craig Frasier who work together to solve some gruesome crimes.

In the first installment, Heather Graham introduces, rather dramatically, FBI Agent Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan - one of the owners of Finnegan's Irish Pub - to each other. Well, if you consider kidnapping and diamond heist as dramatic. :). Yes indeed. A group of people are going on a spree of diamond store robberies. While the FBI is brought in to investigate, all clues seem to be leading up to Finnegan's Pub. And now a murder is committed. Somehow thee Finnegan's Pub is connected to all this and Kieran Finnegan is right in the middle of it. How Craig unravels it with the help of Kieran is what follows the rest of the story. 

I have been reading the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham which dealt with the paranormal world. You can find the review of the books in that series I have read so far here. Intrigued by her writing style I picked this book in her New York Confidential series. 

At a given time she must be working on three to four books belonging to multiple series. It amazes me how different kind of plots she weaves. Not a single tinge of paranormal stuff or ghosts in this series, in fact she has her character make fun of it all. So much contrast to her Krewe series.

Of course there is romantic element involved obviously between Craig and Kieran. It is charming to see that Craig falls for Kieran's bravery first then for her beauty and finally loyalty. And Kieran definitely falls for his charm first, comically.

Heather Graham brings in the importance of profiling a criminal along with analyzing their mind. And Kieran's profession as a psychologist puts her perfectly in a position to aid the FBI agents. Graham ties the ends in her characters so neatly that the reader doesn’t see the strings but just the bow in the plot.

One of the musings that Graham's character Kieran has is about kids toys being very accurate, especially guns and other machines, and do they need to be so. This had been a question in my brain for so long. Finally I am glad to see a write voice it, albeit it is a brief mention. 

Heather Graham also introduces a new motto for the people of New York in her plot - Any decent human being would offer a hand. It is such a simple statement but would be so true and helpful if every human being really followed this act. She repeats this simple statement again and again in the plot. Something I would think everyone should take it as a mantra.

There is mention of the 1946 film The Postman Always Rings Twice in a conversation between Kieran Finnegan and Julie Benton in the plot. I love noir movies and this is definitely getting added to my list of films to watch. However I did notice that Heather Graham also have a penchant to bring in references to noir films in her plots. One more reason for me to love her books.

A brilliant start to a cop drama series mixed in with the Irish Pub and history by Heather Graham that has all the elements of crime, romance and the infamous law & order. Looking forward to read the remaining books in the series.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Plot Reveals:

a. Kieran Finnegan's apartment is above a Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar. Every time Kieran or Craig or one of the siblings passes by, they hear a new song being sung by some patron. And Heather Graham managed to list out some really good songs in the process:

i. Don't Stop Believin' by the American rock band Journey that was the second single from their seventh album Escape which released in 1981. More about that band here.

2) Sub-Plots:

a. Finnegan's Irish Pub is co-owned by four siblings - Declan, Kevin, Kieran and Daniel "Danny".  However, Declan kind of runs the show. Kevin and Kieran are twins, while Danny is the youngest of them.

b. Declan Finnegan is engaged to be married to Mary Kathleen O'Shaunnessy.

c. Finnegan siblings long time childhood friend, Julie Benton, is married to Gary Benton and is going through divorce proceedings.

d. Mike Dalton is Craig Frasier's partner. Richard Eagan is their assistant director.

e. Dr. Allison Miro and Dr. Bentley Fuller are the two psychiatrists, in whose office Kieran Finnegan, also worked as a psychologist. Together they aid NYPD and FBI in profiling the criminals.

3) Grammatical / Historical / Geographical / Character / Mythological / Plot Errors:

a. On Pg. 56, line 19, it should read "..she'd managed to pass…"


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