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Tribeca blues
Fusilli, Jim.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons [2003]

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273 pages ; 24 cm
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Pro-bono detective work has given Terry's life new meaning, as he continues to recover from the loss of his wife and son and the devastation to the city he loves. But voices from beyond the grave haunt him, obscuring the attentions of his compassionate, precocious daughter, Bella, and his lady friend, Julie Giada. The sudden death of an old friend sends Terry to Louisiana in search of the man's wife, who proves to be surprisingly resourceful and resistant. And when he learns of the death of the mother of the madman he believes killed his wife and son, Terry sees an opportunity to confront the psychotic former prodigy. In doing so, he learns a stunning truth about the woman he adored, and the true nature of his obsessions. Tribeca Bluesis a vivid thriller of the highest order.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Still plagued by the tragic loss of his wife and son five years earlier, sometime PI Terry Orr finally gets a chance to find the man he thinks killed them in Fusilli's third installment of his Tribeca series (Closing Time; A Well-Known Secret). Distanced from his surviving daughter (the intellectually precocious teenaged Bella, who's just completed her first book), Terry has been seeing a shrink to little effect, although his blossoming relationship with prosecutor Julie Giada seems to be helping a bit. Two incidents kick the plot into gear: first, the death of Leo Mallard, Terry's longtime friend and owner of a struggling TriBeCa watering hole called the Tilt, and second, Terry's discovery of a fresh clue in his search for the Madman, Raymond Weisz, the lunatic genius Terry blames for taking his wife and son. But as Terry probes the darkness, searching for Weisz by interviewing eyewitnesses to the tragedy (and while he tries to execute Leo's will, against a rising tide of resentment from Leo's widow and sister), he learns some harsh truths about the circumstances of his wife's fate and the Madman's role in it. Right about the time Leo's drunken widow decides to claim her inheritance at point-blank range, Terry threatens to unravel. Terry is an appealing character, a single parent still suffering from incalculable loss, trying to raise his daughter in a neighborhood also struggling to pull itself together. Putnam is obviously grooming Fusilli to take his place in its stable of mystery bestsellers, and the follow-up to this sometimes rough but necessary narrative link in the series may well do it. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved