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Worms in the Apple
by Joe DeCicco
Release Date: 07/27/14
Genre: Crime Fiction
Pages: 212
Publisher: Indie
Format ISBN Price
Print 978-0-9897227-1-1 13.99
Kindle 2.99
Author Page: Joe DeCicco


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Worms in the Apple is the author's second effort. As the novel unfolds, Mike Romano, a New York City Police officer is about to begin working in a new command that includes the sleazy world of 42nd Street, in the heart of Time Square, "The Apple," as the NYPD cops know it, in the mid 1970's. The flavor of the era floats from the pages.
Mike is an honest, police officer, righteous almost to a fault. Subconsciously, he compares himself to Saint Michael, the Archangel. Always wanting to do a good job as a servant of the public, Romano, thru the forces of the universe, inadvertently gets involved in incidents and investigations that are more exciting then the basic duties of a police officer.
The commanding officer of the precinct, Dennis Bryan, known to Romano as a crooked cop, is one rank above Captain, that of Deputy Inspector. Mike Romano knows that Bryan has protected a pedophile in the past. Romano approaches his new his assignment with excited anticipation because he feels that serving in Bryan's command, may enable him to gather information that can used to expose Dennis' corruption that has been hidden from the Department.
Mike has vowed to bring Dennis Bryan to justice. The reader is able to follow Romano, a would be archangel, as he interacts with hookers, perverts, fortune tellers, and the usual street people while his career experiences unfold.
After recording a past robbery on his foot post, Romano discovers a gang extorting money from local restaurants, resulting in a temporary assignment to work with a detective in Chinatown. After a furious gun battle, he investigates the gang and their connection to the Triads. Returning to his command exhilarated after tasting plainclothes, Mike makes a controversial arrest that brings him new information as to the extent of corruption his commander is involved in, resulting in open verbal and tactical warfare between Romano and Bryan.

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