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Published by Putnam, 7 February, 2017.
ISBN 978-0-3991-7304-2 (HB)
Michael Connolly has Los Angeles,
Ian Rankin Edinburgh, Laura Lippman Baltimore; the late Robert Parker Boston;
Tim Hallinan Bangkok. Others write about localities they know. And
Reed Farrel Coleman not only lives in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York,
but takes us on a guided tour, in this novel featuring his somewhat flawed
ex-cop Gus Murphy, still suffering after the death of his 20-year-old son, John
Jr. Gus, divorced after the death blew up his marriage, lives and works
at a second-rate motel, driving a van to and from MacArthur airport and a LIRR
station, picking up and dropping off passengers to and from the Paragon and
providing security services in exchange for a free room.
The night bellman, Slava, who had once saved Gus’s
life, is a close friend. When his friend’s past catches up with him and his
life is threatened Gus is faced with a dilemma: sacrifice his friend or attempt
to help him. Meanwhile, another of Gus’s friends, the ex-priest
Bill Kilkenny, asks him to take on finding out why wealthy Miceh Spears’
granddaughter was murdered. The two plots move simultaneously along the
highways and byways stretching from Queens County and Brooklyn right
across Long Island.
Coleman even delves into the social and economic
differences between various localities, with the Long Island Expressway sort of
dividing north (white and wealthy) and south (for the most part poorer) and how
enclaves protect the richer from others. The novel takes a penetrating
look at Gus, his personality and psyche, his assets and flaws. A good read, the
novel is recommended.
Reviewer: Theodore Feit
Reed Farrel Colemanwas born 29 March 1956. He has been called a
hard-boiled poet by NPR s Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in The
Huffington Post. He has published twenty-three novels, including nine books
in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and most recently, Where It
Hurts. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective
Novel of the Year, a winner of the Barry and Anthony Awards, and is a two-time
Edgar Award nominee. Coleman lives with his family on Long Island."
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.