By Kenneth Wishnia, Barbara D'Amato

This demanding, mental mystery set within the East Village punk scene throughout the early Nineteen Eighties shadows a unmarried night shift of NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela. whilst Filomena learns that the poisonous leak can have been sabotage, and a key witness—an East Village artist—dies in a suspicious coincidence, she comes to a decision to pursue the case on her personal by way of cruising the Alphabet urban punk rock golf equipment for clues concerning the artist's final days. yet as she makes an attempt to punish environmental criminals, Filomena reveals the case, and her own existence, start to fall apart. A taut noir tempered with a cynical humorousness, this secret novel is a sociological picture of a working-class Latina in big apple urban.

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Not with the old man drinking the way he is, sitting alone in that haunted house with too many stairs and too many memories. Not with the firm making so little money. And not, Burke thought, not with me treading the days as if they were water. The truth was: Kate was gone, and she wouldn’t be coming back. That was a fact. But it wasn’t just a fact. It was a circumstance so massive as to constitute its own dimension. For Burke and the old man, Kate’s absence was their longitude and latitude, intangible as space, but just as real—and just as empty.

So let’s do it then,” d’Anconia said. Reaching into his coat, he pulled out a leather wallet, fat with bills. Counting out thirteen one-hundred-euro notes, he laid them on the desk in a sort of fan. Burke gathered the bills together, and put them in a lockbox in the bottom drawer. Then he wrote out a receipt, and handed it to d’Anconia. “So I can forward everything to the address in your passport? ” D’Anconia looked thoughtful for a moment, then shook his head. “I’m not going to be there for a while.

For you—falafel! For us, green cards! He told Hakim: I don’t need a bodyguard, much less two—much less the Fukwitz twins! The Arab insisted, and maybe he was right. Beneath its veneer of Gallic and Arab civility, Lebanon was a tinderbox. Always had been, always would be. And Baalbek was just…so much kindling. A flyblown crossroads in the Bekaa Valley, the city lay at the foot of a long, bare hill, crowned by the Sheikh Abdullah barracks. This was the fort where American hostages had been kept, chained to radiators and pipes, during the 1980s.

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