Hell's Kitchen is hell.
Ex-NYPD homicide cop and life-long resident JACKSON STEEG isn't a private eye, per se, but he sure ain't no amateur sleuth.
His life, as they say, is complicated. He's the guardian for a mouthy 13-year old girl, his brother's a local mobster, his ex-partner is a lesbian with issues and his father's a cop himself. Add in that Jackson's a recovering alcoholic (at least theoretically) and Gulf War vet, and he's still smarting from a bitter divorce, and you jusy know life ain't exactly a bowl of cherries for Mr. Steeg.
When we first meet him, in 2006's Family Matters, he's just been suspended from the department for six months for slugging a colleague who beat up one of his informants. With nothing but time and potential sobriety on his hands, he gets drawn into investigating the murder of a drugged-out heiress in the apartment below his. It was an auspicious debut, garning plenty of praise, and in 2008, Steeg returned in Old Flame, even more battered and bruised, and once again forced by circumstances to become involved, albeit reluctantly, in a murder investigation -- this time the murder of his ex-wife's new hubby. And so it goes.
You can feel the street level grit on your teeth -- there's no doubt Berkowitz (and Jackson) know their turf, and know how to make it come alive. Keep your eye on this series.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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