By Justin Peacock
From the writer of the Edgar Award--nominated criminal mystery A therapy for Night, an formidable and compulsively readable novel set within the cutthroat global of latest York genuine property.
A concrete ground 300 ft up within the Aurora Tower apartment improvement in SoHo has collapsed, hurling 3 employees to their deaths. The developer, Roth houses (owned via the famously abrasive Simon Roth), faces an unlimited tangle of felony difficulties, together with allegations of mob connections. Roth's longtime legal professionals, the elite midtown legislation enterprise of Blake and Wolcott, is assigned the duty of cleansing up the mess. a lot of the paintings lands at the plate of clever, cynical, and seasoned affiliate Duncan Riley; hence, he falls into the powerful orbit of Leah Roth, the gorgeous daughter of Simon Roth and the special heir of his actual property empire.
Meanwhile, Riley pursues a doubtless small professional bono case within which he makes an attempt to prevent the eviction of Rafael Nazario and his grandmother from public housing within the wake of a pot bust. One evening Rafael is picked up and charged with the murder of the personal safeguard cop who stuck him, a homicide that happened in one other debatable "mixed income" housing improvement being outfitted via . . . Roth houses. Duncan Riley is now jogging the knife fringe of criminal ethics and private morality.
Blind Man's Alley is a suspenseful and kaleidoscopic trip via an international the place the one rule is self- maintenance. The New York instances e-book overview said of A therapy for evening that "[Peacock] heads towards Scott Turow nation . . . he's obtained a great opportunity to make partner." This taut, topical, and socially alert mystery can provide on that promise.
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Mrs McNeil's front doorknob was secured with a thatch of Sellotape, the ends of which furled up yellow, all stickiness gone. ‘She won't let us fix it,’ the social services lady told the girls, as she rapped the flap of the letter-box instead. ‘Bet she smells of wee,’ Darcey whispered to Petra. ‘Shut up,’ Petra said. Mrs McNeil did not smell of wee but of lavender cologne, and her apartment did not smell of sour milk or mothballs. It did smell of smoke but not cigarettes, something sweeter, something more refined.
Earthy, itchy ground, and wet. ’ Petra lifted her head a little and glanced up: two police officers were looming over her. The sudden beam from a torch scorched her eye so she dropped her gaze and put her face back to the ground. She was wearing her nightshirt and her wellington boots, which were on the wrong feet, and she felt mortified. She also felt alarmingly cold. She spat. There was a tickle of grass and a crunch of soil in her mouth. The torch beam wavered. Shit. The police. She scrambled up, whacked by nausea as she did so.