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A well-known secret
Fusilli, Jim.
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New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]

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274 pages ; 24 cm
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A simple missing persons case draws Terry Orr--troubled father, reluctant private investigator--into a world of death and deceit in this sequel to the critically acclaimed Closing Time.

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Booklist Review

Five years ago, Terry Orr's wife and infant son died when a madman pushed them in front of a New York subway train. Since then, Terry has focused on two things: his daughter, Bella, and finding the madman who murdered his loved ones. He's quit his job as a music critic for a New York paper and become a licensed PI, and although his aim is to find the killer, he's also helped the police with some of their most baffling cases. The cops don't quite know what to make of him, but they do admire his fearless tenaciousness. Terry's latest case involves him in a controversial murder. Sonia Salgado, convicted of killing diamond merchant Asher Glatzer, spent 30 years in prison and then was found murdered, just a few days after her release. Who killed her and why? Terry's investigation leads him into the seedier areas of the city, pits him against corrupt cops, earns him the wrath of the DA's office, and reveals decades-old secrets. This superb follow-up to Fusilli's first Terry Orr novel--Closing Time [BKL Ag 01]--combines a brilliantly conceived plot, droll wit, often-outrageous characters, moody prose, and atmospheric descriptions of a gritty, post^-September 11 New York. A winner on all fronts. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fusilli's second Terry Orr thriller, set two years after his outstanding debut, Closing Time (2001), is even better-the writing more focused, the characters sharper, the plot less diffuse. Orr continues to struggle to accept the deaths of his wife and infant son, who were pushed under a subway train four years earlier-and to search for the elusive madman he believes killed them. A writer turned private detective, he's still protective of his precocious daughter, 14-year-old Bella, although she seems the more resilient of the two in coping with tragedy, including the September 11 catastrophe close to their lower Manhattan home. Here, Orr's housekeeper asks him to find her friend Dorotea Salgado's estranged daughter, Sonia, recently released after 30 years in prison for robbery and murder. He discovers Sonia's beaten body and a conspiracy pointing back to the 1970s. As Orr peels the layers of deception, he uncovers at the core a corrupt police family and the complicity of Sonia's three childhood friends in her downfall. Orr's unwillingness to commit hampers his nascent romance with Assistant DA Julie Giada but, with Bella's encouragement, he manages by the book's end to conquer one paralyzing fear stemming from his family tragedy. Again, Fusilli's sense of place is stunning; a tangible, poetically evoked Manhattan infuses this complex, haunting story. (Nov. 1) FYI: Fusilli is a music critic for the Wall Street Journal. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved