I definitely got caught up in the hype on this book and actually purchased Superbia and Superbia 2 at the same time. Based on everything I read in the reviews, I was positive I was going to like these books. I read the first one and thought “blah” and the second one has remained unread.
Superbia is the story of Officer Frank O’Ryan recently back on the force after months of recuperation from being shot in the knee by a young kid who had shot and killed Frank’s partner in the same incident. Frank, as he fell, got off a shot that also killed the kid and he hasn’t quite come to terms with what he did that day. Now on his return to the office he is partnered with Vic Ajax, he has developed an addiction to pain pills he has been taking like candy for his knee and he reports to a boss that no one could possibly enjoy working for. There’s a lot going on but I just found it difficult to become interested in the cases they were involved in. I will readily admit to being in the minority in my opinion of this book. Most of the reviews are five stars with folks comparing the author, Bernard Schaffer to Joseph Wambaugh and Ed McBain. Sorry, I don’t get it. I wanted to because it appears the fictitious suburban police department depicted in this novel is located right near where I am employed in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
The best I can do with this is say that I finished it and give it **1/2 stars. Superbia 2 appears destined to remain on my phone book collection, unread, until far into the future.