One of the best mysteries ever set in New York City, the last in an archipelago trilogy following 9/11, by the acclaimed author of Disturbed Earth.
With his wife Maxine out of town, Artie Cohen is alone in Manhattan when his nephew Billy Farone is released from the young offenders institution where he has been since he stabbed Heshey Shank to death. Artie is the one Billy wants to come home tohes family and hes the only person Billy cares about; Artie wants desperately to believe that Billy is OK.
As a plane crashes on Coney Island, bombs go off in London, and New York is shaken out of the sense that the bad times have passed, Artie begins to wonder. Over four days in Manhattan and on Staten Island there are signs that Shanks family wants Billy locked up for good, and that Billy's mother doesnt want him coming home either. The bodies begin to appear and Artie, up against a brick wall of his own hope and despair, doesnt know what or whom to believe.Reggie Nadelson has created in Artie Cohen one of mystery fictions most interesting and complex characters: tough, unusually sensitive, deeply flawed and human.
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Great narrator; book not so good.
- Richard Delman