Matt Burgess’s ‘Uncle Janice’ Is A Hardcore Undercover Story

Matt Burgess’s Uncle Janice isn’t the type of undercover story I usually read. In fact, I am drawn more toward psychological suspense than hardcore crime novels.

Uncle Janice

Doubleday

In this book, Mr. Burgess gives the reader an in-depth, raw insight into the narcotics world. His main character, Janice Itwaru, downplays her feminine attributes so much one may even wonder if she has normal female emotions.

Janice is tough, feisty and packs a punch in the course of fulfilling quotas to reach the next rung in the ladder as a New York City cop.

The storyline of Uncle Janice takes many twisty, sinister turns which will hold readers’ attention. However, I must note that the novel is filled with coarse language some may find offensive.

Yes, I know undercover cops see the dredges of society on a daily basis, but after the author casts the die for each character, let’s not beat a dead horse.

Still, I will acknowledge Mr. Burgess’s characters are authentic to the backdrop created for them.

Uncle Janice offers up a fast-paced undercover narcotics sting with plenty of intrigue, back stabbing and political agendas to keep readers interested.

UNCLE JANICE
By Matt Burgess
269 pps. Doubleday $25.99.

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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