The sleek high-rises of Park Avenue make Frank Clemons uneasy. The former Atlanta homicide detective came to New York after a sickening murder case soured him on the South, but despite the glitz and excitement of his new surroundings and the beauty of the woman he shares them with, the city makes his skin crawl.
Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city's darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the socially isolated is what draws him to the case of Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got.
Hannah's employer hires Clemons to find the victim's next of kin so the police can release the body for burial, but as he learns about the dead woman's past, which stretches back to the Lower East Side sweatshops of the 1930s, Clemons becomes obsessed with unearthing the decades-old secret that led to her death.
"Rich in character, complex in plot.... Cook constructs a many-layered and shimmering tale in which the history, locale and personality build to an unsuspected, satisfying end." (Publishers Weekly)
"Strong prose and steel-etched characters complete an enticing puzzle." (Library Journal)
"Thomas H. Cook triumphs at teaching an old dog some new tricks." (The New York Times)
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The Past Explains the Present
Flesh and Blood ranks high amongst other audiobooks I've listened to. Unraveling mysteries from another time and solving a present day murder - what could be better?
A comparison can be made between Flesh and Blood and Streets of Fire. Mystery and history combined to tell the story of another era.
Ray Chase navigated brilliantly amongst so many characters, languages, dialects and accents. His portrayal of the voices of the elderly characters was particularly moving. As someone who has worked with the very old, his interpretation is accurate and vital to understanding the range of emotions that are a part of living a very long life.
Without giving too much away, the suicide of the young girl, that resulted from a lie, was particulary heartwrenching.
If you like history mixed in with a murder mystery, this is the book for you. The narrator expertly guides you through an array of characters at a pace that is both pleasing and easy to follow.
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