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(The first book in the Rita Gardella O'Dea series)
A novel by

Andrew Coburn's The Babysitter was a bestseller; his previous book, Off Duty, was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "a flawlessly plotted, stylishly written account The rewards are many and exceptional." Now, in Sweetheart, a novel about the Boston Mafia, Andrew Coburn has surpassed himself.

Revenge, the defining motif of this suspenseful tale of crime, is a joyous emotion in the Mafia. It figures in their use of tire irons to dismember the killers of the innocent, honored parents of Anthony Gardella, the local capo. And, over cocktails, a more sophisticated vengeance can be sought-by using a Beretta semi-automatic with silencer fired at point blank range.

Police Lieutenant Wade, code name "Sweetheart", has troubles of his own. Wade is recruited by Russell Thurston, and FBI agent of immaculate grooming and soaring ambition, to infiltrate the Gardella family. As shock follows surprise, Wade finds himself caught in a dilemma: The police lieutenant's sympathies are subtly drawn toward the all-too-fascinating charm of the mobster chief, until Wade, the honest cop, must make an agonizing choice. The man who always did what was right has to decide whether to cross the slim line between justice and corruption.

Andrew Coburn's ear for dialogue and his eye for vivid characterization make Sweetheart superior and original entertainment as well as a grippingly authentic Mafia story.

Genre: Mystery
Used availability for Andrew Coburn's Sweetheart

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Hardback Editions

September 1985 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Sweetheart
Author(s): Andrew Coburn
ISBN: 0-436-10293-5 / 978-0-436-10293-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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January 1985 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Sweetheart: A novel of revenge
Author(s): Andrew Coburn
ISBN: 0-02-526530-X / 978-0-02-526530-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

April 1987 : UK Paperback
Title: Sweetheart
Author(s): Andrew Coburn
ISBN: 0-00-617369-1 / 978-0-00-617369-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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November 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Sweetheart
Author(s): Andrew Coburn
ISBN: 0-451-40011-9 / 978-0-451-40011-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Sweetheart (Prologue Crime)
Author(s): Andrew Coburn
Publisher: Prologue Books
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