This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Pete Loveday for Readers' Favorite
"Outerborough Blues” was written by Andrew Cotto. The story of Caesar Stiles is a compelling one with one week in his 20 year old life in a grim Brooklyn neighborhood. The product of a sad dysfunctional home, Caesar has many demons to live with: a missing father, a dead mother, a dead brother and a habitually violent older brother. Having left home at a young age and fending for himself he comes to us working at The Notch, a restaurant/bar run by a colorful character, the Captain. Enter an attractive French waif looking for her brother. This strikes a chord with Caesar and so begins a treacherous journey through the criminal jungle of Brooklyn. Searching for Jean-Baptist, Colette’s brother leads Caesar into some very dangerous situations with crime boss the Orange Man. In the background there is always the sadness and tragedy of Caesar’s violent home life and the deep abyss he has fallen into.
The story is a familiar one and is well-developed with a grim and bleak look at urban reality. Though not familiar with Brooklyn, thanks to skilful writing, I had a feel for the reality of the area. This book will appeal to all lovers of dark, dysfunctional mysteries. Andrew Cotto has done a fantastic job with the development of the interesting characters in the story. This book would have required a great deal of research to maintain its realism. Well-written and ingeniously crafted, this story is a stark reminder of that other life that is just beyond the tracks.