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Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell's Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman' Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell's Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman's crumbling tenement, Pellam realizes that someone might want the past to stay buried. As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist's ultimate masterpiece, a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion, with Hell's Kitchen -- and John Pellam -- at its blackened and searing epicenter.


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Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell's Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman' Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell's Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman's crumbling tenement, Pellam realizes that someone might want the past to stay buried. As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist's ultimate masterpiece, a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion, with Hell's Kitchen -- and John Pellam -- at its blackened and searing epicenter.

30 review for Hell's Kitchen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    This is number three, and possibly, the last of the John Pellam series. And I think the best of them. The story takes place the Hell's Kitchen, a troubled area of New York. Lots of confrontation from rival gangs. People live in crowded tenements, unemployment in endemic, drugs of every type are prolific and people turn a deaf ear to any sort of trouble. There's a saying in Australia, maybe elsewhere to, " no hoper" meaning, someone born in such low circumstances that they have no hope of making a This is number three, and possibly, the last of the John Pellam series. And I think the best of them. The story takes place the Hell's Kitchen, a troubled area of New York. Lots of confrontation from rival gangs. People live in crowded tenements, unemployment in endemic, drugs of every type are prolific and people turn a deaf ear to any sort of trouble. There's a saying in Australia, maybe elsewhere to, " no hoper" meaning, someone born in such low circumstances that they have no hope of making a success of life. That's the situation for a lot of young people unfortunate enough to be born in Hell's Kitchen. I liked that Jeffery Deaver didn't make any assumptions when writing about the gangs. Just making the point that this is how life is in Hell's Kitchen John Pellam works in the movie industry,mostly, as a location scout but at this time he is trying to making a documentary of the life and times of Hell's Kitchen. Whilst filming and conducting interviews in Hell's Kitchen he comes close to being burned to death in a fire set by an arsonist. One of his interviewees stands accused of starting the fire and John takes it upon himself to prove her innocence. The plot is tight and fast paces with an end that I did not see coming. All in all a good read. Recommended reading

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (thatchickwithabook)

    Hell’s Kitchen was by far the best book in Jeffery Deaver’s John Pellam trilogy. Written a decade after the previous novel and the last in the series, it’s evident how well Deaver’s talent grew over the 90s. An incredible mystery thriller with that classic Deaver twist and then twist again. Whilst it’s part of a trilogy, there’s not particularly any large references that could stop you reading this as a stand-alone.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    John Pellam is making a documentary on Hell's Kitchen. He and an old lady he is interviewing are also trapped in a fire set by a serial arsonist. When the woman is arrested for the crime Pellam tries to help her and becomes a target of the arsonist as more landmark status buildings are set ablaze. An interesting read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Cats Mother

    Rubbish end to a very disappointing trilogy which I wouldn't have bothered with if this wasn't Jeffery Deaver under another name, and as it turns out, is really nothing like the Lincoln Rhyme books. I think these came first - so it's hard to know why he used a pseudonym, but somehow he figured out how to write entertaining stories. This certainly wasn't - in fact I found the whole thing boring, unpleasant and annoying, and should've given in to my instincts to DNF it, but was determined to get t Rubbish end to a very disappointing trilogy which I wouldn't have bothered with if this wasn't Jeffery Deaver under another name, and as it turns out, is really nothing like the Lincoln Rhyme books. I think these came first - so it's hard to know why he used a pseudonym, but somehow he figured out how to write entertaining stories. This certainly wasn't - in fact I found the whole thing boring, unpleasant and annoying, and should've given in to my instincts to DNF it, but was determined to get to the end. So John Pellam, former Arthouse movie director turned stuntman turned documentary film maker, is in New York interviewing an elderly black lady for an oral history of the Hell's Kitchen district, when her building goes up in flames. She is arrested for it, while the psychopathic arsonist goes on a spree, and so Pellam meets a lot of unsavouries while trying to clear her name, gets beaten up a lot, and uncovers a conspiracy. The problem was way too much talking and anecdotes, Pellam being a complete arse, not a single likeable character, it's 16 years old and feels even more dated than that (Polaroids! Betacam! Hideous sexism!) and a plot that was probably not as confusing if I hadn't been speed-reading to get to the end. There are JD's trademark twists, which raised it from 1 to 2 stars, but my advice would be stay away from this whole series as it isn't worth the time investment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧

    8.0/10 The plot of the novel is great. However, in my opinion there is too much writing. Deaver gives unnecessary background information, that has no apparent function in the novel. This bothered me quite a bit, because it made the novel a bit boring. It was a bit tedious at some points. Apart from this fact, the novel was very realistic and it contained heartfelt emotions. “I don’t know. I can find out.” The way Bailey emphasised the last sentence explained a little bit more about how gears got 8.0/10 The plot of the novel is great. However, in my opinion there is too much writing. Deaver gives unnecessary background information, that has no apparent function in the novel. This bothered me quite a bit, because it made the novel a bit boring. It was a bit tedious at some points. Apart from this fact, the novel was very realistic and it contained heartfelt emotions. “I don’t know. I can find out.” The way Bailey emphasised the last sentence explained a little bit more about how gears got gummed up. {…} “that’s how it works in Hell’s Kitchen. Everybody’s a sellout. Maybe even me.” The smile faded. “Or maybe I just have a high price. That’s ethics around here - when it takes a lot to buy you.” - Louis Bailey, p.46

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this thriller. The main character, John Pellam, was the exact right combination of tough and sensitive. He was very likable. This story was very suspenseful and had many twists and turns. You didn't know for sure who the bad guys were until the very end. Jeffrey Dever very rarely disappoints, and this is one book that is worth reading

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    I took a chance on this one, since it didn't have Deaver's usual characters. It was rather glum--having homeless people and a young man who liked to set fires to all sorts of places there. The main character is an author who wants to chronicle the lives of the residents.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Clem

    This was the third, and final, installment of the “Location Scout” mysteries penned by Jeffery Deaver. Actually, it was written under his pseudonym “William Jefferies” for whatever reason. These books by Deaver aren’t as strong as most of his latter day thrillers, particularly the Lincoln Rhyme stories. In these books, the protagonist is John Pellam, a veteran of many Hollywood productions, mostly as a stunt man. Being a stunt man takes Pellam all over the country, so such settings for a myster This was the third, and final, installment of the “Location Scout” mysteries penned by Jeffery Deaver. Actually, it was written under his pseudonym “William Jefferies” for whatever reason. These books by Deaver aren’t as strong as most of his latter day thrillers, particularly the Lincoln Rhyme stories. In these books, the protagonist is John Pellam, a veteran of many Hollywood productions, mostly as a stunt man. Being a stunt man takes Pellam all over the country, so such settings for a mystery can always be fresh. In this book, Pellam is venturing out on his own, so to speak, and is producing a documentary on the famed Hell’s Kitchen in West Manhattan. Hell’s Kitchen, at least during the time this book was written, is not a happy place. A lot of crime, drugs, crack mothers, and overworked social workers. As the story opens, Pellam is on his way to continue a series of interviews with 70 year old Ettie Washington, a longtime resident of Hell’s Kitchen, when her building explodes in an inferno just as Pellam is walking up the stairs. Both Pellam and Washington survive, and Pellam spends the book searching for the reason of the fire, trying to pinpoint the guilty party. It won’t be easy. Apparently the investigators think 70 year old Washington was responsible, so she’s quickly arrested and hauled away. They don’t think she actually started the inferno, yet paid a professional whacked-out arsonist. It seems the arsonist is continuing to strike all over Manhattan, so the authorities want Washington to confess, and talk about what she knows. This way, they can locate this loon before he can do too much more damage. Of course, Pellam believes she’s innocent, so he spends this entire story being harassed by authorities since he’s “friends” with the woman, in addition to uncovering clues within this dangerous environment. What I never figured out was: if this deranged arsonist/nut is running around picking random targets to incinerate, why do the authorities believe that he was paid by a 70 year old impoverished woman to start the first one? Couldn’t the original fire been a random target as well? And it seems a bit far fetched that a 70 year old woman whose lived here her entire life would be a person who could be considered a serious accomplice. This was a big strike against this book for me. So Pellam plows through the streets, talking to all sorts of undesirables and putting himself in harm’s way in many occasions. These thugs don’t like strangers coming into their territory asking a lot of questions. Since Pellam is a professional stunt man, he knows how to handle a weapon and defend himself pretty well, and he does have somewhat of a motivation. He’s not exactly well off in the finance deparment, and he’s put a lot of his own money into this documentary, so if his star subject goes to prison, it doesn’t exactly make his product very marketable. So we see him going from place to place within Hell’s Kitchen, and every environment that he’s visits is horribly dirty and disgusting. This book almost makes you want to take a bath after reading. As Deaver usually does, though, he introduces a lot of different characters, a lot of plot twists, and you’re never quite sure where he’s going. He manages to fool and/or surprise the reader quite frequently so it does make the book a good read. I just wish the location had been a bit more desirable - along with the main plot. I’ll also say that Hell’s Kitchen is, in fact, a real place, but due to gentrification and the overall improvement of Midtown Manhattan, it’s not nearly the hell hole it once was. Visitors to the Big Apple shouldn’t be too scared. This was my second of the three “Location Scout” books. As much as I like Jeffery Deaver, I’m kind of hoping that we’ve seen the last of them. They’re really not bad, it’s just that Deaver can, and has, done much better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    John Pellam, former stuntman and location scout, is now taking some time off to work on a documentary about the New York City neighborhood called Hell's Kitchen. Located on the west side of Manhattan, it is a rather run down and rough neighborhood. The focus of his documentary is an elderly black woman, Ettie Washington, who has lived in Kitchen all of her life and has been telling Pellam numerous stories about life in that neighborhood. When Pellam goes to visit Ettie one night, the building is John Pellam, former stuntman and location scout, is now taking some time off to work on a documentary about the New York City neighborhood called Hell's Kitchen. Located on the west side of Manhattan, it is a rather run down and rough neighborhood. The focus of his documentary is an elderly black woman, Ettie Washington, who has lived in Kitchen all of her life and has been telling Pellam numerous stories about life in that neighborhood. When Pellam goes to visit Ettie one night, the building is set on fire where both he and Ettie barely manage to survive. After the investigation but the NYFD, the fire is ruled an arson and Ettie is immediately arrested as the one who hired the arson. Pellam is conviced of Ettie's innocence and seeks out to find the truth behind the fire. In the process, he captures the attention of the twisted arsonist who begins to focus his hate and passion on Pellam and wants to see him dead. Honestly, I was not too thrilled with this book. It is my first book written by Deaver and he had gotten so many positive reviews that I figured I would give him a shot. The writing style wasn't too bad, but he seems to throw in twists and turns that make no sense and the progression of the story gets jagged at times. Also, I had a problem with the description of the Kitchen. He described the neighborhood to be this nasty hole in the wall that probably should be burnt to the ground. I worked near the Kitchen for four years and I will admit it isn't the nicest of neighborhoods, but it isn't nearly as bad as he described it. Especially since the city has taken a keen interest in rebuilding a lot of it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colette Hinton

    This book is the third book in a John Pellam trilogy, but I haven't read the first and second ones. Before starting this book I was slightly disappointed that the novel was not a Lincoln Rhyme one. Just a few pages into the book I was completely caught up, hook, line and sinker! Talk about not being able to put a book down - this was one of those! I thoroughly enjoy thrillers and I have enjoyed every one of Jeffery Deaver's books that I have read, but for some reason this one was mesmerising. An This book is the third book in a John Pellam trilogy, but I haven't read the first and second ones. Before starting this book I was slightly disappointed that the novel was not a Lincoln Rhyme one. Just a few pages into the book I was completely caught up, hook, line and sinker! Talk about not being able to put a book down - this was one of those! I thoroughly enjoy thrillers and I have enjoyed every one of Jeffery Deaver's books that I have read, but for some reason this one was mesmerising. An abundance of characters, all of whom could be real life people, each with their own story, and each with their own pain. This is no fairy-tale - not too many happy ever afters. Hard hitting and descriptive of hard lives lived in a concrete jungle that gives no quarter, I would recommend this novel to any person who enjoys thrillers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    A Hollywood filmmaker comes out to Hell's Kitchen, New York, to make a no-budget documentary and finds himself embroiled in a string of arsons that is not only destroying buildings but taking lives. The chief subject of John Pellam's film, Ettie Washington, is soon charged with the crime of one building but a firebug is only just beginning his reign of terror. Pelham starts to investigate the crews/clubs/gangs in Hell's Kitchen, looking for the real criminal -- the one who set the firebug on the A Hollywood filmmaker comes out to Hell's Kitchen, New York, to make a no-budget documentary and finds himself embroiled in a string of arsons that is not only destroying buildings but taking lives. The chief subject of John Pellam's film, Ettie Washington, is soon charged with the crime of one building but a firebug is only just beginning his reign of terror. Pelham starts to investigate the crews/clubs/gangs in Hell's Kitchen, looking for the real criminal -- the one who set the firebug on the area. Doing so puts his own live on the line. Denver has created a compelling, suspenseful story with memorable, three-dimensional characters. This is thrilling reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    John Pellam is still a monolithic character. Very dull. Glad to say that book 3 turned out an interesting plot. I was hoping not to be totally disappointed with William Jefferies aka Jeffery Deaver. Hell's Kitchen is a part of New York that other authors mention, but never go there. I was not sure there would be anything left after the arsonist burned so many buildings. I can't recommend this series of books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Greg Chandler

    Weakest part of the story were attempts to "get inside the head" of the arsonist. He just comes off as a cartoonish crazy villain. Offered no insight to the criminal mind. Otherwise, seemed like a clumsy attempt at combining a modern-day terrorist thriller with a nostalgic look at historic NYC. Would be 2 stars, but Jeffrey Deavers (writing here as William Jeffries) does have some thriller chops and the last few chapters do move.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    A departure Location scout to documentary filmmaking let this be set in New York. Still, the book fails to capture the film craft as the previous entries do. Hints of his villains to come in his Rhyme series are flashed with the arsonist.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Manhattan non mi è mai sembrata così interessante fino a che Deaver non ha deciso di scrivere una storia ambientata in uno dei suoi quartieri. Ismael, Ettie, Bailey, Corcoran ... i personaggi si incastrano perfettamente nella storia e fanno emergere il passato irriverente del quartiere.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Downing

    An interesting mystery full of twists and turns with a surprise ending. I enjoyed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Russ Cross

    Another fun read from Mr. Deaver. It was a little slow for me when I started it but it soon picked up speed. A very good book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Great book did not see that ending coming

  19. 4 out of 5

    Poobalan

    few unexpected twists at the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ellard

    Solid entertainment. Full of twists and turns as usual, some predictable some not. It's a shame this was the last outing for John Pellam as he was an interesting character. Well worth the read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I had never read Jeffery Deaver's Location Scout mystery before, just didn't draw me in like his Lincoln Rhyme stories! I actually found parts of this book very boring, which had never happened before with one of his books!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aries

    Continua la mia crociata contro gli stravolgimenti dei titoli. Stavolta "Hell's Kitchen - A location scout mystery" è diventato "L'ultimo copione di John Pellam", titolo che hanno probabilmente ritenuto giustificato dal fatto che si tratta dell'ultimo (appunto) romanzo di Deaver con protagonista John Pellam: speriamo non si decida mai a scriverne un altro, altrimenti il titolo potrebbe essere "ops, ci siamo sbagliati, quello era il penultimo e questo l'ultimo".Bene, dopo il mini sfogo possiamo p Continua la mia crociata contro gli stravolgimenti dei titoli. Stavolta "Hell's Kitchen - A location scout mystery" è diventato "L'ultimo copione di John Pellam", titolo che hanno probabilmente ritenuto giustificato dal fatto che si tratta dell'ultimo (appunto) romanzo di Deaver con protagonista John Pellam: speriamo non si decida mai a scriverne un altro, altrimenti il titolo potrebbe essere "ops, ci siamo sbagliati, quello era il penultimo e questo l'ultimo".Bene, dopo il mini sfogo possiamo parlare del libro.Come detto in precedenza, i romanzi con protagonista John Pellam sono thriller piuttosto atipici nella produzione di Deaver: non solo sono tra i primi che ha scritto, ma hanno come protagonista un personaggio che non ha alcun legame col mondo della legalità e che finisce per trovarsi in situazioni "antipatiche" per puro caso.Stavolta Pellam è tornato al lavoro di regista e, mentre sta lavorando ad un documentario sul quartiere di Hell's Kitchen a New York, si trova invischiato in una brutta storia di incendi dolosi, speculazioni e tentati omicidi; di nuovo nel centro del mirino farà tutto quanto in suo potere per uscirne al meglio e, soprattutto, per evitare che qualche innocente venga accusato ingiustamente.Una storia gradevole, come sempre non paragonabile ai romanzi del ciclo di Lincoln Rhyme, ma di certo superiore ai vari "one shot" usciti in precedenza.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Jeffery Deaver- Hell’s Kitchen (Pocket Books 2001) 4 Stars Hell’s Kitchen is known as a place where no one is safe, but big business is trying to move in and clean things up. John Pellam is trying to make a documentary on Hell’s Kitchen and steps into something dangerous and deadly. As Ettie Washington, the woman he is interviewing for his movie is accused of having burned down her apartment building for the insurance money. Pellam thinks she is innocent, despite being told she is not by everyone Jeffery Deaver- Hell’s Kitchen (Pocket Books 2001) 4 Stars Hell’s Kitchen is known as a place where no one is safe, but big business is trying to move in and clean things up. John Pellam is trying to make a documentary on Hell’s Kitchen and steps into something dangerous and deadly. As Ettie Washington, the woman he is interviewing for his movie is accused of having burned down her apartment building for the insurance money. Pellam thinks she is innocent, despite being told she is not by everyone else, but proving her innocence could be the last thing he does. The introduction was great; it sets the reader up for a wild ride, grabbing your attention immediately. It was a fairly fast-paced read, with its slower sections. The plot was good, with lots of twists and turns. Many of the twists I did not see coming, but a couple were predictable. I did not enjoy the rest of this series, so this one was a pleasant surprise. The characters were pretty good, and I enjoyed getting to know them in the book. The setting was great and I found it interesting learning about this area and their culture. I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery/thriller. For more of my reviews check out my website, www.tonypeters.webs.com. Tony Peters Kids on a Case: The Case of the Ten Grand Kidnapping http://authortonypeters.blogspot.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Manugw

    A ROLLER COASTER IN FLAMES the story begins when Ettie Washington, an old black lady is arrested and stands accused of hiring an arsonist to burn down the building where she lives, the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City. John Pellam, who was interviewing her during the making of a film about this particular place, finds difficult to believe that she is the culprit and starts to investigate who is behind the fire. From then on Deaver sets a very complicated and intertwined plot, which A ROLLER COASTER IN FLAMES the story begins when Ettie Washington, an old black lady is arrested and stands accused of hiring an arsonist to burn down the building where she lives, the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City. John Pellam, who was interviewing her during the making of a film about this particular place, finds difficult to believe that she is the culprit and starts to investigate who is behind the fire. From then on Deaver sets a very complicated and intertwined plot, which I have found at some points difficult to follow in terms of the relationships between the different characters and situations, because he was continuously adding too many confusing elements, he went wavering without a precise course in sight. Nevertheless, though the plot somewhat faltered, this book has a terrific ending, masterly crafted, where Deaver speeds up and goes at full steam employing all his ingenious trademark resources and his greatest writing skills, which I have found in some of his other books; many ingenious twists and turns, the sudden comeback of a villain and a great ability to explain everything so as not leave loose ends. This book has his ups and downs and changes speeds like a roller coaster, my four stars ?, one for the plot and three for the ending !!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tyson Adams

    There is something about a mystery novel that can be either entertaining or dreary. Ultimately you want the mystery and suspense; but not too much. If the mystery is too simple, then *yawn*. If it is too complicated then you start to think it is all too hard or that the author had finished the mystery and realised they had another 200 pages to fill. This is my first outing with Jeffery Deaver and I can see why he is so highly regarded with his mystery writing. He treads that fine line between too There is something about a mystery novel that can be either entertaining or dreary. Ultimately you want the mystery and suspense; but not too much. If the mystery is too simple, then *yawn*. If it is too complicated then you start to think it is all too hard or that the author had finished the mystery and realised they had another 200 pages to fill. This is my first outing with Jeffery Deaver and I can see why he is so highly regarded with his mystery writing. He treads that fine line between too much and too little with a cool hand. There was much more to this story of catching a fire-bug for hire, with the climax really pulling me in. Part of the balance came from Jeff's use of Hell's Kitchen as the setting and the local residents as layers of story. For the most part the exposition felt necessary and served the larger mystery. The version I listened to was read by Paul Birchard who did as many accents as an American can in his reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Hell’s Kitchen is the third (and so far final) Jeffrey Deaver Location Scout novel. Whilst doing research in Hell’s Kitchen, Pellam is caught in the fire that burns down a tenement building. The prime suspect is Ettie Wilkes Washington, the old black woman he has been interviewing for his oral history of Hell’s Kitchen. Convinced of her innocence, Pellam starts his own investigation. He mixes it with fire marshals, street kids, youth outreach workers, jaded lawyers, Latino and Irish gangs, land Hell’s Kitchen is the third (and so far final) Jeffrey Deaver Location Scout novel. Whilst doing research in Hell’s Kitchen, Pellam is caught in the fire that burns down a tenement building. The prime suspect is Ettie Wilkes Washington, the old black woman he has been interviewing for his oral history of Hell’s Kitchen. Convinced of her innocence, Pellam starts his own investigation. He mixes it with fire marshals, street kids, youth outreach workers, jaded lawyers, Latino and Irish gangs, land developers, high society and a pyromaniac. Who is telling the truth, and what are cleverly fabricated lies? Is anyone, including Pellam, being completely honest? Once again, plenty of twists in the tale, leading to a dramatic conflagration. An excellent Location Scout novel with room for sequels if Deaver decides to revisit this reluctant hero.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Deaver's book Hell's Kitchen is a fast paced firey read that burns towards an unexpected finale. While interviewing residents of New York neighborhood Hell's Kitchen, for a documentary, John Pellam strikes a friendship with Ettie Washington. Ettie, a seventy something lifelong resident of the Kitchen shares years of memories from her apartment in an old tenement. When Ettie is arrested for arson after the tenement burns to the ground, Pellam risks his life and career to prove her innocense. In th Deaver's book Hell's Kitchen is a fast paced firey read that burns towards an unexpected finale. While interviewing residents of New York neighborhood Hell's Kitchen, for a documentary, John Pellam strikes a friendship with Ettie Washington. Ettie, a seventy something lifelong resident of the Kitchen shares years of memories from her apartment in an old tenement. When Ettie is arrested for arson after the tenement burns to the ground, Pellam risks his life and career to prove her innocense. In the process, he is befriended by a street kid, accosted by gang members, and parties with multi millionaires. Great book - very fast paced and leaves you breathless!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eri

    I was rather disappointed in this novel from Deaver. Every other book I have read previously from him left me on the edge of my seat and reading any chance I got. However this one had a somewhat boring plot with an ending that was also pretty uneventful. I think the flaw here in comparison to Deaver's other works is that the depth to the villains isn't really there. There isn't much thought behind the crime or the character. Very often I almost admire Deaver's villains because they are so clever I was rather disappointed in this novel from Deaver. Every other book I have read previously from him left me on the edge of my seat and reading any chance I got. However this one had a somewhat boring plot with an ending that was also pretty uneventful. I think the flaw here in comparison to Deaver's other works is that the depth to the villains isn't really there. There isn't much thought behind the crime or the character. Very often I almost admire Deaver's villains because they are so clever and talented and devious that it is a struggle with the equally strong "good guys." Unfortunately there wasn't anything clever about any of these characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ubi

    A good book. Actually, I thought this book would be related to the drama Hell's Kitchen. It does not related to that at all. John Pellam made a documentary film about the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Hell's kitchen is actually a small town whereas poor and black people living there. This story actually initiate when there was a fire happens and someone important (he interview her for his films)to Pellam was being blamed for it. It gets interesting consequently and I would truly say that the ending A good book. Actually, I thought this book would be related to the drama Hell's Kitchen. It does not related to that at all. John Pellam made a documentary film about the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Hell's kitchen is actually a small town whereas poor and black people living there. This story actually initiate when there was a fire happens and someone important (he interview her for his films)to Pellam was being blamed for it. It gets interesting consequently and I would truly say that the ending was the most shocking part of the story. I am not a fan of Jeffery Deaver but I trust there will be more interesting stories beside this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    patricia

    well, this is a strange book to write a review about. First, I considered it just another "detective" fill-in read because I did not have anything else on hand. But, as I got into the book and it gave me a little insight into Hell's Kitchen I became absorbed with the author's thoughts regarding this subject. It is making me search for more information via novels or biographies on that part of history. Mr. Deaver did a great job depicting life in a part of New York that was not known to me.

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