Book Review – Sharky's Machine – William Diehl

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Italy, 1944: A squad of American soldiers on a dangerous secret mission is ambushed and slaughtered . . . and a fortune in gold vanishes.
Hong Kong, 1959: An aging American colonel, haunted by his wartime past, is brutally murdered in a luxurious brothel.
Atlanta, 1975: The last survivor of the fatal World War II ambush in Italy is executed at point blank range in a parking lot.
Blowing away a crazed, gun-wielding drug dealer on a crowded city bus gets police detective Sharky bounced from the narc squad into the dreaded dregs of the department–vice. That’s where he stumbles on a high-priced call girl and her pimp who are fleecing rich johns in an even higher-priced blackmail scam. Together with his “machine” of hard-bitten vice squad veterans, Sharky closes in for a big sting. He doesn’t count on falling for Domino, his alluring target. Or falling into the middle of the murderous design she’s a part of–involving a hot presidential candidate, the shadowy multimillionaire who’s backing him, and the ice-cold assassin they’re using to wipe out the past . . . before it blows their future to hell.

A vice cop falls for a prostitue who happens to be involved with possibly the next president of the USA. I don’t remember much of the movie based on the book other than Burt Reynolds and Rachel Ward starred. Its a fast paced story of love, lust, betrayal and violence. Enjoyable and well written.

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