A Detective Novel
Mac is back! In BEST ENEMIES, we met Mac Taylor, the rough and tumble ex-Newark cop, who hunted down two old adversaries in the backwoods of New York State. This time, the former Newark Police Detective has become a Private Investigator. When his first client hires him to look into a reported suicide, he soon uncovers a sinister plot that involves murders in Scotland and Italy, and plans to destroy several U.S. landmarks. Shortly after his discovery, Mac and his pregnant wife, Cheryl, become targets of an international terror organization; specifically, that of a psychopathic killer named Dirk Conroy, aka Ahmed Sal Mohammed. Working with FBI Agent Sara Dillon, Mac sets out to find Conroy. Dillon wants him captured alive. Mac wants him dead at all costs. Along the way, Taylor's old friend from his Vietnam days, Nick Polsani, tries to convince him that seeking justice is the only course of action to be taken. Mac disagrees. It's not justice he's looking for, it's JUST VENGEANCE.
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478763078
- ISBN-13: 978-1478763079
Anthony D'Augustine was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in April of 1949. His interests growing up were sports, science, and reading adventure novels. In 1967, he graduated from Cliffside Park High School in New Jersey. He attended Norwich University in Vermont, Montclair University in New Jersey, and, in 1971, received a bachelor of science degree in business administration (economics major) from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He later received a master's degree in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Anthony's police background began in January of 1975. He was president of the 24th Bergen County Basic Police Training Class. After graduation, he worked as a patrolman with the Dumont Police Department in New Jersey for 10 years, and later, for 15 years, with the New Jersey, Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. His assignments with the BCPO included working in the Grand Jury Squad (Investigator), the Special Investigations Squad (Investigator), the Arson Squad (Senior Investigator), the Narcotics Task Force (Sergeant), the Homicide Squad (Sergeant), the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Squad (Lieutenant), and as the Department's Firearms Supervisor (Lieutenant). Upon retirement from public sector law enforcement, he worked 2 years as a security officer for a large corporation, 2 years in security for a private school, and 8 years as a fire investigator for various insurance companies. During that time, his first book, BEST ENEMIES, was published. It was dedicated to his father, Sergeant Anthony Pollut (1918-1965), his first police supervisor, Lieutenant Robert Roem (1926-1978), and his good friend, Detective Sergeant Robert LaRotunda (1949-2001). All three had a powerful impact on his life. His second novel, JUST VENGEANCE, was published in 2015. He dedicated it to his son, Staff Sergeant Joseph D'Augustine, who was killed in Afghanistan on March 27, 2012. Anthony is currently president of the Staff Sergeant Joseph D'Augustine Memorial Fund, a charity that provides scholarships to local students and support to military families. In addition to his commitment to his son's memorial fund, his interests include traveling, reading, writing, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Patricia, his 3 daughters and his 5 grandchildren.
To begin with Anthony D'Augustine, the author is a retired detective lieutenant. I'm sure that a lot of the story is from his own experiences, along with some research. Once you start reading this book, you will have a hard time setting it down. We met the main character, Mac in the debut novel, BEST ENEMIES. Be sure and read it. Mac, with his new PI license becomes involved in a global terrorism investigation. During the investigation, Mac and his wife become targets of a psychopathic killer, Dirk Conroy of which he has an alias. Mac sets out to find Conroy. He wants him dead. But there is a FBI agent that wants him alive. Sometimes, as Mac finds out, it's hard to tell good from bad. Mac is out for revenge. Will Mac find Conroy? Will he kill him or let him live? Is there such a thing as JUST VENGEANCE? The book was well written and delivered a lot of suspense. At times it will have you on the edge of your chair. The author gives the reader some real insight into what goes on in a detective's life. He has made this book true to life. Wonderful writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and detective stories.
I received a complimentary copy of JUST VENGEANCE from Outskirts Press and the author, Anthony D'Augustine for my unbiased view of the book. No other compensation was received.
I would give this book 5 STARS.