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A death in Brooklyn
Quinn, Terry, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Accord, NY : Vivisphere Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
411 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A chapter of this book originally appeared in Long stories, shorts stories & true stories, an anthology published by Alaska Quarterly Review"--T.p. verso.
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Love, sex and death collide in this darkly comic story of two neighbors, Jerry and Vanessa, who witness a murder on their quiet street in Brooklyn. Their impulsive attempt to right a senseless wrong soon leads to an extra-marital affair. Ruin and emotional mayhem follow, as Medusa, an anonymous New York gossip columnist, starts picking apart their lives during an investigation of the killing. Even a last-ditch escape to California turns into grist for the media mill and further humiliation-- until the hunted decide to fight back.

This novel explores the troubling currents of desire that swirl beneath our fears, and the lengths some will go to discover whether tainted motives, lost love and death itself can be redeemed.

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Library Journal Review

This drawn-out novel begins with a murder in Brooklyn witnessed by two neighbors. A young woman is accused of the murder, and a well-regarded diplomat is implicated. The two witnesses, Jerry and Vanessa, become obsessed with conceiving a child after the murder. Vanessa becomes pregnant, and Jerry's wife, Linda, expands her narrow sexual experiences and becomes involved with Vanessa's ex-boyfriend. Jerry, joined by Vanessa and Linda, drives to California to see his son, who was conceived while Jerry was in high school and whom he has supported but not seen for the last 20 years. As witnesses to a murder, their flight from New York raises suspicion and becomes the focus of the tabloids, and then the alleged murderer commits suicide while in custody. In this highly exaggerated narrative, the characters never develop adequately enough to spark genuine interest. Newcomer Quinn's descriptions are captivating, but too many ambiguous events make the entire plot misleading. Not required for most collections.-David A. Beron„, Univ. of New England, Biddleford, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.