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Bad Guys

(1988)
(The first book in the Mike Tozzi and Cuthbert Gibbons series)
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Publisher's Weekly
''Everybody's a bad guy unless he's paid not to be,'' says a villain prior to getting his grisly, just desserts, and by the end of this crackling thriller readers may agree. FBI early-retiree (age 55) Gibbons is called back to service to find his ex-partner Tozzi who's gone renegade, murdering a corrupt Congressman, a crooked lawyer and a middle-management mobster. The special agent in charge of the Manhattan FBI office is determined to stop Tozzi before the SAC's own record is marred. Gibbons finds Tozzi quickly but immediately teams up with him to dig out a treacherous FBI agent who's been a Mafia butcher and informer. Tozzi becomes sexually involved with Joanne Varga, Mafia princess and separated wife of a capo supposedly stashed away in a witness-protection program. But Varga is still running the mob, aided by the duplicitous, lethal Joanne. Gibbons and Tozzi eventually uncover a big-time insurance-arson scam and the Jekyll-and-Hyde Mafia/FBI killer. This slick, fast-moving narrative offers interesting inside looks at the FBI and the Mafia (''a multiservice conglomerate for extralegal activities'') and some delicious characters (''Bobo raised one hand and laid the other on a video box. . . . 'I swear to God, Tox' ''). Bruno's first novel isn't merely promising, it's a money debut. And he is working on a sequel.

Library Journal
$17.95. f After Mike Tozzi assassinates three bad guys who have escaped law, the Manhattan FBI office sends Tozzi's retired partner, Bert Gibbons, to locate the renegade agent and ''neutralize'' him. Tozzi converts Gibbons, however, and the two subsequently search for a double agent in the FBI office. With the traitor's aid, a Mafia crook has built up a successful narcotics ring and has executed several FBI agents. First novelist Bruno effectively infuses his work with a grimy, ruthless immediacy and serious tone well suited to thugs and undercover agents. Deeply involving, but fraught with profanity, explicit sex, and gory violence. REK

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Bad Guys
Author(s): ANTHONY BRUNO
ISBN: 0-593-01607-6 / 978-0-593-01607-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
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May 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Bad Guys
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-399-13340-2 / 978-0-399-13340-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: BAD GUYS
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-595-50868-5 / 978-0-595-50868-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: iUniverse
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July 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bad Guys
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-515-10054-4 / 978-0-515-10054-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jove
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May 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bad Guys
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-440-21363-0 / 978-0-440-21363-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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January 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Bad Guys
Author(s): Anthony Bruno
ISBN: 0-552-13425-2 / 978-0-552-13425-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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