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Dee, Ed.
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New York : Warner Books, 1999.
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293 pages ; 24 cm
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A young actress plummets through the sky, slamming down onto the roof of a parked car. Detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory believe the Broadway star's "suicide" may actually be something more sinister. The main suspect is a big-time Broadway producer with a shady past. But who is the mysterious figure known only as the "Juggler" -- and what connection does he have to the dead girl? From the back alleys of Broadway to the vanishing Irish communities of Yonkers, Ryan and Gregory work through family secrets and tarnished reputations to find out what really happened on that balcony. As they discover the truth, the case becomes personal for Ryan, bringing him dangerously close to losing everything.

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Booklist Review

Here's a cause for celebration: New York Police Detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory are back. Last seen in 1995's Bronx Angel, Ryan and Gregory are intelligent, experienced cops, street smart without being vicious. Dee contrasts the mind-deadening routine of paperwork and precinct politics to the demands of the street. He captures the rhythms and sounds of a cop's life on the job, hanging out with peers, and adjusting to the very different demands of home life. In this outing, Ryan and Gregory investigate the apparent suicide by jumping of Gillian Stone, an actress who was about to get her big break on Broadway. Ryan lost his only son in a Utah hang-gliding accident with eerie similarities to this case, and getting to the bottom of Gillian's grand jete becomes a way of bringing closure to his son's death. Working with his nephew, a reporter who dated the actress, Ryan unlocks a mystery no one wants solved. An outstanding, multidimensional crime novel. --George Needham

Publisher's Weekly Review

The fourth installment in Dee's gritty police series gets off to a promising start when the body of young Broadway actress Gillian Stone plummets from a building onto the top of a parked van in Times Square, and detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory quickly realize that her fatal leap may not have been a suicide. The case takes an interesting turn when they discover that Gregory's nephew, magazine writer Danny Eumont, is not only the former boyfriend of the dead actress, but that he received a call from her just hours before her death. But the fingerpointing shifts from Eumont to Gillian's most recent romantic partner, stage producer Trey Winters, when the detectives learn that he was the last person to see her alive. Working with the detectives on the case, Eumont follows the trail of clues to Arizona, Florida and back to New York, researching the missing link in the investigation, who turns out to be the victim's half-sister, Faye Boudreau. Peeling back layers of Faye's hidden identities, Eumont has a brief fling with her and soon discovers that she's involved with her violent, possessive foster brother in a scheme to blackmail the philandering producer. Ryan and Gregory provide their usual stream of sarcastic patter, and the author introduces an engaging array of New York oddballs, immigrants, criminals and seductresses. But Dee (Bronx Angel; Little Boy Blue) doesn't develop much intrigue or surprise around the initial crime after the chilling promise of the opening scene. The final chase, through Randall's Island and Ward's Island, provides a brief flurry of excitement, but readers will appreciate this tale not for its tepid suspense quotient but rather for the snappy, even irreverent NYPD duo's banter throughout. Agent, Gail Hochman. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Dee brings back popular NYPD detectives Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory (e.g., Little Boy Blue) to investigate a young Broadway star's death. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.