Ehh. This book was alright. It is a series about a police department. It was alright. There were parts that were pretty suspenseful but then there were parts that were confusing (don't know if it was poorly written or if I was just bored). AND it was another of those books were the jacket notes are not only not really related to the book but just plain WRONG. So stupid and annoying. Pick a different book.
This is the story of family and the weird twists of life that seem to be fated. Bernard is the father to 3 sons. His oldest is estranged due to an accident that he was involved in. The younger two are adopted and brilliant and do not want the life that their father has laid out for them. Bernard wants them to be politicians. So he drags them to see every democrat that comes to the city for speeches, community events, and protests. One night they all go out to hear Jesse Jackson. Upon leaving, one of the sons is in an accident. The story then proceeds to all those involved. On a side note, this is another of those books that the jacket notes make you wonder, did the person writing this READ this book? Hate that. Oh, and this is not the best book I have ever read. Of course, I don't love this author as her books must be too deep for me (so deep that I think they are shallow and wonder WHO CARES???) See also: State of Wonder by the same author which I disliked so much I didn't blog.
If you like a saga, this is a good one. It starts in the times of the Indians and Trappers and goes all the way through modern times in the city of New York. It primarily follows the descendents of a few families throughout the wars, fires, corruption and mayhem that formed the city. If I was a literary-type, I would no doubt add that the main character is the city herself. Did you like that? It was good and very informative and I am now an expert on the history of the city. Probably a better book for winter when you have time to tackle the 880 pounds. Oh, and if you liked this book, also try The Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck both by Erik Larson.