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Title:
Blue Avenue
Author:
Wiley, Michael, 1961- , author.
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
Physical Description:
216 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Summoned by his old friend, homicide detective Daniel Turner, to identify the trussed-up, naked body of a woman, found wrapped in cellophane amongst a pile of garbage on Blue Avenue, a down-at-heel area of Jacksonville, Florida, businessman William Byrd or "BB" is in for a shock. He recognises the dead woman as Belinda Mabry, the girl with whom he spent an intense and passionate summer twenty-five years before. What's more, as Daniel informs him, she's the third victim to have met such a hideously gruesome end. Determined to find out what happened to Belinda Mabry and where she'd been for the past twenty-five years, BB must revisit his own troubled past - and discover more than he ever really wanted to know about the woman he once loved. But his investigations are causing serious ripples amongst prominent members of the local community. Has BB found himself on a road of no return?
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727884299
Format :
Book

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Introducing homicide detective Daniel Turner and his troubled friend 'BB' in the first of this atmospheric crime noir series.

Summoned by his old friend, homicide detective Daniel Turner, to identify the trussed-up, naked body of a woman, found wrapped in cellophane amongst a pile of garbage on Blue Avenue, a down-at-heel area of Jacksonville, Florida, businessman William Byrd or 'BB' is in for a shock. He recognises the dead woman as Belinda Mabry, the girl with whom he spent an intense and passionate summer twenty-five years before. What's more, as Daniel informs him, she's the third victim to have met such a hideously gruesome end.Determined to find out what happened to Belinda Mabry and where she'd been for the past twenty-five years, BB must revisit his own troubled past - and discover more than he ever really wanted to know about the woman he once loved. But his investigations are causing serious ripples amongst prominent members of the local community. Has BB found himself on a road of no return?


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A beautiful black woman is found dead, and William Byrd thinks he should do something about it. They were lovers once. He's a businessman now and a family man, but the dead woman has stayed in that corner of his mind where swoony dreams live. He must learn what happened. So begins a story stuffed with stock characters that are, finally, not what they seem. Byrd starts as a Hitchcock hero, an innocent pulled into a corrupt world. His pal is another familiar figure, the rumpled homicide detective who warns the hero to stay clear. There's even the endearingly vicious friend, like Win in Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series, who does the brutal stuff the hero can't or won't do. Then the veil is yanked away. The dream girl was part of something bad, and the cop and the tough are maybe not the hero's friends. And Byrd? He'd be at home in a Faulkner novel. Parts of the novel read like essays rather than narrative, too much description slowing and distracting. Still, the revelations will reward readers' patience.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Noir fiction doesn't get much darker than Wiley's thriller introducing police detective Daniel Turner, who is largely an observer in his first outing. Disreputable Jacksonville, Fla., businessman William "BB" Byrd and his casually brutal cohort, Charles, pursue a serial killer who has just murdered Belinda Mabry, the woman who was BB's first lover 25 years earlier. Even if it means further alienating his own precariously balanced family, BB can't stop interrogating Jacksonville's sleaziest pimps, prostitutes, and politicians to find out what happened to Belinda in life and death. Unpleasant secrets keep surfacing, sometimes in the investigation but also in the investigators, and Wiley (A Bad Night's Sleep) is extremely good at creating an atmosphere of menacing dread as BB learns more about the dead woman and himself. New shocks occur all the way to the last page-and continue as readers reflect on what they've just witnessed. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. William Byrd (BB) is a Jacksonville, FL, businessman who owns four gas stations inherited from his father. He and his wife are estranged but live together in the same house, along with their teenage son, who hates everyone and spends his time in his room drawing pornographic graphic novels. BB gets a call one morning from an old friend, Det. Daniel Turner, who asks him to identify a body found wrapped in cellophane on the rundown Blue Avenue. BB recognizes the victim as an African American girl named Belinda Mabry, with whom he was in love when he was 17. As the investigation reveals that Belinda was the victim of a serial killer, BB brings in his mysterious buddy Charles to help him find the murderer. Charles fixes what needs fixing, no matter what is involved. VERDICT The Shamus Award-winning author of the Chicago-set "Joseph Kozmarksi" series (A Bad Night's Sleep) introduces an intriguing antihero in this excellent noir that will attract readers who appreciate the anguished protagonists of Steve Hamilton and Loren D. Estleman. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

"The ground beyond the grass clearing became soft and dropped into a shallow black-water swamp. We trudged ankle-deep past cypress knees, over roots, sludge and God knows what as the sun dipped low and the woods darkened. Night birds whisked through the branches. "You know what lives in this swamp?" I said. Once or twice a year, visiting northerners, men hunting without permit, or hikers found themselves deep in the wetlands and got bitten by a snake or something else invisible and poisonous, and the sheriff's department airlifted them out - those who had cellphones. Those without cellphones crawled out themselves or didn't." Excerpted from Blue Avenue by Michael Wiley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.