A Murder on Wall Street

By Owen Parr
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mysteries: Book 1

5.29 Hours 05/09/2017 unabridged
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Can a priest, his brother, and the brother’s girlfriend solve a murder case and see justice done—or will they be the murderer’s latest victim? A Murder on Wall Street takes us inside the world of Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, a legendary hotspot in the Financial District. Investigating the death are pub owners Joey Mancuso, fired from the New York Police Department for his unorthodox methods, and his brother Father Dominic, who isn’t your typical priest. Also investigating is Marcy Martinez, a Cuban bombshell and FBI agent who is Joey’s girlfriend. When a customer kills himself after celebrating the night before, the three know something is wrong. Turns out that the customer’s death coincides with people losing money—lots of it—and some of those people are very, very dangerous.

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Summary

Summary

Can a priest, his brother, and the brother’s girlfriend solve a murder case and see justice done—or will they be the murderer’s latest victim?

A Murder on Wall Street takes us inside the world of Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, a legendary hotspot in the Financial District. Investigating the death are pub owners Joey Mancuso, fired from the New York Police Department for his unorthodox methods, and his brother Father Dominic, who isn’t your typical priest. Also investigating is Marcy Martinez, a Cuban bombshell and FBI agent who is Joey’s girlfriend.

When a customer kills himself after celebrating the night before, the three know something is wrong. Turns out that the customer’s death coincides with people losing money—lots of it—and some of those people are very, very dangerous.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s soon apparent that this audiobook is not going to be a run-of-the-mill listen…Narrator Stefan Rudnicki is pitch- perfect. His deep, gravelly voice adds to the atmosphere and is well matched to the male characters. For the female lead, he adds a lightness to his tone that sounds authentic and helps differentiate the characters. Rudnicki’s narration keeps listeners engaged throughout this fast-paced mystery.” AudioFile
“Parr has a knack for creating memorable characters that come to life in the pages of his novels.” Esquire, praise for the author
“If Michael Connelly and Robert Ludlum wrote a book together, the result would be an Owen Parr crime mystery novel.” Mike Pettit, author of Key West Smackdown
“Parr is a master storyteller, equally adept at weaving a tale of international political intrigue or, as he proves in his latest novel, a classic story of private sleuths cracking a New York murder mystery, with a side order of whiskey and cigars. You’ll want to have both on hand when you pick up this book.” Jim Nesbitt, author of The Last Second Chance
“A well-plotted and researched detective mystery novel. As much as I tried to solve the case while I read, Parr proved me wrong every time.” Oscar Rodriguez, criminal attorney

Reviews

Reviews

by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) 5/23/2017
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The book was a solidly written mystery with strong dialog and detailed descriptions

A trio of unlikely crime solvers come together to solve the suicide of a customer. Oddly, this customer had everything to live for and even more to die for! Joey Mancuso, ex-NYPD with unusual methods; Marcy, FBI agent and drop dead gorgeous girlfriend of Mancuso; and, Father Dominic, Mancuso’s brother and co-owner of the Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub. Suspicious of their friends and client’s death, the three begin their investigation into the seamy underworld of Wall Street finances. Is there a correlation between losing money and death?  That is what Joey, Dominic, and Marcy want to know.

The book was a solidly written mystery with strong dialog and detailed descriptions.  The characters were fully developed.  At the end, Joey Mancuso makes the grand announcement exposing the murderer which felt reminiscent of Columbo or Ellery Queen.  The story flow was smooth and flawless.  A short listen but the plot was easy to follow.

The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki’s performance gave life to the characters – their voices sounded much like I thought they would/should.  His voice was entertaining giving voice to the gravelly sound of mystery and intrigue for Mancuso and Father Dominic was well done too.  There were different dialects from Irish to Cuban to Manhattan Mob.  He kept them straight, believable and not over the top.

This book will appeal to fans of Owen Parr and anyone who loves dark mysteries with a grandstand at the end – announcing the killer in a room full of suspects.  While this is not my favorite style of sitting through discovering who the killer is, it seemed to work.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 5/21/2017
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There is something about a well-written Detective/PI story that makes me not able to put the book down. The interaction of the private investigator (or in this case investigators) and the people surrounding the crime makes for such an enjoyable story.

Joey Mancuso used to be a cop. He was forced off of the force due to some good police work that had him barking up the wrong tree. Now he helps run a bar that is frequented by Wall Street money men while trying to get a PI firm off the ground. He is joined by his half-brother Father O’Brian. And believe it or not, the combination of an ex-cop and a priest make for some awesome detective and PI work.

After finishing A Murder On Wall Street I can tell you this — I will definitely be picking up other audiobooks in this series if Parr and Skyboat make them. I loved the interaction of Mancuso and Father O’Brien along with his interactions with his girlfriend and FBI agent Marcy. Mancuso mentions numerous times that he had a different way of solving crimes and that came out a little, but overall I found him to be one of the more enjoyable PI’s I’ve followed.

The story itself was straight out of the playbook of real life crime TV show “American Greed”. Honestly, after finishing it, I feel like it was real and that I actually watched a documentary instead of reading a fiction book.

Parr did his research — every character in this book felt both believable and like they could have done it. The ending reminded me a bit of the ending of the movie Clue (with slightly less comedy). Mancuso seemed to have an heir for theatrics (but I won’t ruin the ending by explaining why I mean here).

The narration for A Murder On Wall Street was done by Stefan Rudnicki who does a great job. I had no issues at all listening to him tell this story. To be honest, he allowed me to get even more into it. He voiced each character slightly differently, but the overall tone remained the same allowing for an easy listening experience.

Overall, A Murder On Wall Street was a highly enjoyable and relatively short crime thriller/mystery that I think readers of either genre will enjoy. Fans of American Greed should also check this out, it feels like it was ripped right from the headlines.

Author

Author Bio: Owen Parr

Owen Parr is a financial advisor with a major Wall Street firm, so he knows first-hand the world that can eat its own alive. Parr has published various novels, a self-improvement book, several newsletters for businesses, material for advertising campaigns, and articles for trade magazines. He enjoys fishing, golf, painting, cigars, and being with family.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 5.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English