When Jake Bechet hears that two men have been murdered a few miles from where he lives in the Hamptons - their hands were cut off and then they were hung from the Shinnecock Bridge and left to strangle - he knows that trouble is coming.It means that someone has betrayed the Castello crime family. Whether it's someone trying to move in on their drug operation or if it's the cops making their own statement, he doesn't know, but he wants to stay far away.A year ago, Jake walked away from the Castellos with enough insurance information to hold over their heads and keep himself safe and went underground. He'd like to stay out of it. But he soon discovers that he can't. Jorge Castello himself forces Jake to find out who's behind the killings, claiming there's a traitor in the family. The last thing Jake wants to do is work for the Castellos again, but he knows he has to find a way to finish it somehow.Between Jake and Tommy Miller, a retired P.I. whose ex-girlfriend has also gotten too close to the Castellos and whose father was one of their casualties a few years back, all the loose ends will be tied up - one way or another - before the end of 24 hours.More
"A searing, brooding look at the bleak side of the Hamptons. Judson keeps the reader off-kilter as he builds on his cast of morally compromised characters. An intense novel, fortified by authentic dialogue and a precise setting." (Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Action packed. Loss and redemption rule in Shamus Award-winning Daniel Judson's third novel, set in Southampton nights so cold that they could cool off a reader sizzling in this summer's heat. It's noir on ice." (USA Today)
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Starts well, but then gets muddled and vague.
- Richard Delman
Skilled storytelling, great narrator...