RARA-AVIS: Dan Mahoney

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 11 Sep 2002

Mahoney, like Caunitz, a middle-management NYPD detective, attained the rank of captain before his leaving the Force. He comes from a police family and is at least the second generation, possibly the third, to enter NYPD.

His series character, flambouyant Detective Brian McKenna, was introduced in DETECTIVE FIRST GRADE, in which he attains the titular rank by solving a kidnapping case carried out by a Latin American terrorist group.

The sequel, EDGE OF THE CITY, is one of the best action novels I've ever read. The same terrorist group returns to NYC and holds the entire borough of Manhattan hostage. Sounds ridiculous (though in light of 9/11, perhaps, like Caunitz, prescient). Ridiculous or not, in the book it is, in the words of the Continental Op, "as real as a dime."

McKenna's returned in other books like ONCE IN NEVER OUT, about Irish terrorists, and BLACK & WHITE, in which the real-life detective on whom some say McKenna was modeled appears as a character. In Mahoney's latest book, THE TWO CHINATOWNS, McKenna takes a back seat and one of his buddies takes center stage.

McKenna, like Roger West in John Creasey's series, is something of an international cop, traveling the world on NYPD business. In the course of the series he's traveled to Latin America twice, Northern Ireland, and Iceland, among other places.

For music buffs, it should be noted that Mahoney is the brother of famed musician Edward Mahoney whom you may know better by the rock 'n' roll stage name of
"Eddie Money."



I didn't plan it when I made this week NYPD week, but the events that took place a year ago in Manhattan, and the heroic part in those events played by members of the NYPD and the FDNY should be noted here today.

God protect you all, my brothers!


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