It's a late summer Sunday in downtown New York City, and Artie Cohen is getting married. Watching the sun rising over the East River, he's content. A message comes in from an old friend, Sid McKay, asking Artie to come out to Red Hook in Brooklyn. It's his wedding day, but Artie owes Sid, so he goes. On arriving he finds a dead man spreadeagled in the water off the old docks. When Sid eventually shows up, he's scared, edgy and evasive, Artie suspects he's holding something back. Even at his own wedding party, later that day, Artie can't stop thinking about Sid. Why has the death of a vagrant spooked him so much? It's not his case, but the more he digs, the more it drags him in, implicating - and threatening - his closest friends...
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Marriage brings little joy to Artie Cohen, NYPD. He packs his new bride off to New Jersey while he searches the Brooklyn waterfront for an old friend's killer.There's zero chemistry between Artie Cohen (Disturbed Earth, 2005, etc.)-who tortures himself daily over his old life in Russia, his Alzheimer's-stricken mother in Israel, his lost love Lily Hanes and the sadness he finds in people everywhere-and blandly cheerful Maxine Crabbe, who, undaunted by the loss of her fire-captain husband at the World Trade Center, longs to buy a condo in lower Manhattan. They spend little time together at the lavish wedding party mega-mogul Tolya Sverdloff throws them before Maxine leaves for the Jersey shore with twin daughters Millie and Maria. Promising to join them, Artie first slopes off to Red Hook to marvel at the gentrification of the old warehouses and look in on retired reporter Sid McKay, who sends him urgent messages, then refuses to elaborate before he's beaten to death. Artie puts Maxine off repeatedly while he chats with high-fliers at fancy clubs, prowls Brighton Beach to find the crazy Russian lady who sells tamales at soccer games, probes Tolya's deal to buy part of the old High Line and moons over Lily at their favorite Chinese bar, exposing the dark side of the human soul and the upside of downtown real estate while his inquiry lumbers on.Big Apple navel-gazing at its glummest. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Reggie Nadelson
A journalist and documentary film maker, Reggie Nadelson is a New Yorker who also makes her home in London. She is the author of five novels featuring the detective Artie Cohen ('the detective every woman would like to find in her bed' Guardian). Her non-fiction book Comrade Rockstar, the story of the American who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is to be made into a film starring Tom Hanks.