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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
All those who love short stories about crimes, investigations, and policing will appreciate Martelli, NYPD: A Collection of Excerpts from the Detective Louis Lou Martelli, NYPD, Mystery/Thriller Series by Theodore Jerome Cohen. This is the sixth volume of the series that collects stories dedicated to Detective Louis Martelli, a veteran of the first Iraqi War who later became a homicide detective. In this collection, readers will find twenty-three great stories, starting with the investigation of the murder of a man killed while carving pumpkins and ending with a sad Christmas story. Moreover, besides the short stories, readers will find two short screenplays (The City Below and Black Hawk Down) starring our detective.
Although I have read many books written by Theodore Jerome Cohen and was already familiar with Detective Louis Martelli from some stories included in the other series, I must confess that I did not know a series dedicated to this character existed. When I discovered Martelli, NYPD, I was thrilled and could not wait to read it because I knew it would be a great book. I really enjoyed it, both for the originality of the stories Cohen tells (my favorite is Last Rites for the incredible things that happened to the corpse) and because I was surprised to find different genres in the same collection. The inclusion of the screenplays was a great choice because it adds variety, and I consider them valuable breaks from other stories. I recommend Martelli, NYPD to any reader who enjoys mystery stories and is looking for a book that will not disappoint them.