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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Codes of Betrayal (audiobook) by Dorothy Uhnak

What's the point? There's better stuff out there.

Bruce Weitz
Published by DH Audio in 1997
Read by Bruce Weitz

Codes of Betrayal is about betrayal (thus, the title) and family and it ultimately left this listener (I heard it as an audiobook, narrated by Bruce Weitz of 'Hill Street Blues' fame) wondering what the point of the novel was. Nick O'Hara, our protagonist and NYPD detective, is upset when he discovers that his grandfather on his mother's side ordered the killing of his father when he was a boy and was obliquely responsible for the death of his son in a gangland dispute.

So, Nick goes after his grandfather by becoming a spy in the family organization. Along the way, he betrays his own wife and breaks his relationship with his father's brother - his only blood relative he trusts. So, while avenging part of his family he ends up screwing up the rest of his family.

So, when I finished this dark novel I had to wonder, "What was the point?" If you like to watch a man self-destruct - this is your book.

Not my favorite piece of literature.

I rate this book 2 stars out of 5.

Reviewed April 4, 2005.

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