Signed First Edition
April 26, 2022 Publication Date
May 2022 Hardboiled & Noir Crime Club Pick
Ex-Special Forces operative suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome so severe that it turned him to drug and alcohol abuse, Joe Brody, is getting his life back together, living with his grandmother in Queens and taking what should be a simple job as a bouncer at a strip club where he can spend most of his night reading the classics. The only catch is that his childhood friend Gio Caprisi, now head of New York's Italian Mafia, relies on Joe's extra-legal expertise when things get particularly nasty on the streets.
Most recently, New York's criminal underworld has been shaken by the disappearance of its most successful and desirable call girls. As a pattern emerges, what might otherwise appear to be a choice to pursue a new life comes to resemble something more troublesome – the work of a serial kidnapper – and when a woman turns up dead, the hunt for the predator behind it all becomes even more urgent.
To find the killer, Joe will have to plunge into the seediest fringes of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. There is still sleaze behind the pristine veneer of twenty-first-century New York, and Gordon, whose writing is often compared to Donald E. Westlake and Elmore Leonard, knows all the best places to find it.