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23 shades of black
Wishnia, K. J. A.
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New York, N.Y. : Signet, 1998.

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304 pages ; 18 cm
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"A Filomena Buscarsela mystery"--Cover.

Originally published: East Setauket, NY : Imaginary Press, c1997.
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NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela has pretty much seen it all in her five years on the force. But after she recognizes the victim of a fatal toxic leak, which occurs outside her jurisdiction, her instincts tell her that something is not what it seems to be. From her run-down Bronx apartment, to the way-out clubs of the Lower East Side, to the seamy tunnels of the subway system, Filomena's investigation leads her to suspect that a group of slick, high-powered corporate executives have turned to murder as a way to protect their bottom line. Now she must discover the truth before more people are sacrificed for higher profits!

Author Notes

k. j. a. Wishnia is a graduate of Brown University with a Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY Stony Brook. He has performed as a street mime in Paris, taught English to the Ecuadorian Army, and worked in New York theater for many years. He lives on Long Island with his wife, a native of Ecuador, and their two children.

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Booklist Review

NYPD officer Filomena Buscarsela uses sardonic humor and bedrock values learned in her native Ecuador to cope with piggish fellow cops, scuz-bucket perps, and the pervasive and relentless incivility of life in "this impossible experiment called New York." She's well educated enough to allude to Zeno, Gauss, and Gilgamesh but tough and streetwise enough to cope with nearly anything she encounters. She's also compassionate, honest, and driven to become a detective; so when she learns that several deaths from toxic fumes in a food-stamp center may not have been accidental, she begins an investigation that takes her from the nihilistic edge of the punk-art scene to the corporate suites of a rapacious conglomerate. Along the way, she loses her lover and nearly her life. This is the first entry in a projected series, and Wishnia has packed it with enough mayhem and atmosphere for two novels. Here's hoping he can maintain the energy in the future. Regardless, this one belongs in most libraries. --Thomas Gaughan