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Publisher's Summary

Private detective Bill Smith is hurtled headlong into the most provocative - and personal - case of his career when he receives a chilling late-night phone call from the NYPD, which is holding his 15-year-old nephew Gary. But Gary escapes Bill's custody and disappears into the dark, unfamiliar streets.

Bill and his partner, Lydia Chin, try to find the missing teen; their search takes them to a small town in New Jersey, where they discover that one of Gary's classmates was murdered. Bill and Lydia delve into the crime - only to find it eerily similar to a decades-old murder-suicide. Now, with his nephew's future - and his very life - at stake, Bill must unravel a long-buried crime and confront the darkness of his own past.

©2002 S. J. Rozan (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

Edgar Award, Best Novel, 2003

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Narration too stereotyped

Found the narrator to be annoying in how pronounced and stereotyped he interpreted and delivered the character voices. Should have been more subtle.

One portrayal in particular was beyond, so offensive, that of "Luigi". Supposedly Puerto Rican, but spoken in the most "Speedy Gonzalez Mexican cartoon stereotype". And the vocabulary....never in my life have I ever heard a Rican speak in that phoney baloney cadence nor call anyone Cheeeko. Shame on the reader, the director and the producer.

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Story good. narration meh

This is a good story but I didn't care for the narration. Is the narrator trying ro sound like a traditional tough-guy detective? Maybe tried a bit too hard to hit that mark.

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Minor detail

Great plot with a great hidden sense of humor. At the start though the book doesn’t seem to give you any clue to go on with, no connection to any character and it just kind of jumps in to the story so I felt disconnected at the start. The book also doesn’t really intensify how critical some situations are. But I pulled through and everything made sense.

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Good premise but overly dramatic story and performance. Lots of (unbelievable?) toxic masculinity. Characters very stereotypic.

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An interesting book with some interesting

An interesting book with some interesting and some annoying characters. The kind of story I wanted to see through to the end, only to find it ended in a bit of an anti-climax with a number of characters not getting their overdue comeuppance! lol So, not your traditional ending but an interesting story all the same. Not sure if this belongs in the bottom section of my top tier or the top section of my second tier. Since she has won several awards for her books I'll look for another to try.

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Pro-smoking progaganda?

This is not a bad yarn. Although if my nephew were a runaway I'd leave it to the police to track him down. The passion displayed by the hero, Smith, to track down his runaway nephew is not credible. Kids run away. Common, and not a huge deal.

Very annoying to me, an ex-smoker, is that every second paragraph Smith reaches for a cigarette. What's the point? How does this advance the plot? And why isn't this chain-smoker suffering from emphysema, a hacking cough, shortness of breath, and other horrible symptoms? I get the feeling this novel, and series, may have been sponsored by the tobacco industry.

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Good storyline, too much swearing

Good story, but so much swearing! It was distracting from an otherwise good storyline and disappointing.

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Gave up half way through; too much yelling and not enough story. Guys will like this one.

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Better and better

This is my second book of the series and I like these characters more and more. The stories are quite interesting too

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Story was great but too much profanity

This has been a problem in the NE. Sorry and narrator we’re both good.
But the profanity was too much.. if I wasn’t on BT with earplugs it was difficult to listen too. Especially in my car or outside with people nearby.