Speak of the Devil
Private dick Fritz Malone — the bastard son of a former New York City police commissioner — ambles by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade when a gunman opens fire on the crowd. After giving chase, Malone finds himself embroiled in a plot that combines high-profile conspiracy with low-income criminals. While Richard Hawke’s New York is well rendered in both geography and class, Malone is a fairly entertaining hero who never quite manages to escape the thriller-novel stereotype of a sarcastic tough guy with a slightly jaded, but ultimately loving woman by his side. With an unnecessary subplot involving Malone’s hateful half-brother and an ultimately disappointing villain, Speak of the Devil loses much of its fire in the final pages.