Black, Ethan – THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB

THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB (Police Proc-New York-Cont) – NR
Black, Ethan – 1st in series
Ballantine, 1999 – Hardcover

A group of men, who have been dumped by the women they love, are brought together by a psychologist who to "vent" their pain. This turns to anger, which turns to murder. Into this you have Detective Conrad Voort, "the richest cop in New York," whose girlfriend has announced she is moving out and is now seeing the psychologist.

This is a book whose premise had potential to be a suspenseful, gripping novel. However, none of that potential is realized. Instead, it is badly written, filled with graphic sex and descriptions of the wealth Voort and his well-to-do partner. I found myself not caring about any of the characters. There's a twist in the middle that makes reading the rest of the book almost irrelevant. I'm always looking for new authors to add to my reading list. Based on this, Black isn't going to be one of them.

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