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Hailed by both the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press as one of the best mysteries of 2001, Closing Time firmly established Jim Fusilli as a writer to watch and introduced readers to Terry Orr, his precocious daughter, Bella, and what The New York Times called "the vital citizens of Fusilli's gorgeous nightmare of a city." In A Well-Known Secret, Terry's life is turned upside down while the city around him reels.

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Hailed by both the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press as one of the best mysteries of 2001, Closing Time firmly established Jim Fusilli as a writer to watch and introduced readers to Terry Orr, his precocious daughter, Bella, and what The New York Times called "the vital citizens of Fusilli's gorgeous nightmare of a city." In A Well-Known Secret, Terry's life is turned upside down while the city around him reels.

Terry's latest case concerns Sonia Salgado, recently released after thirty years in prison for the robbery and murder of diamond dealer Asher Glatzer. When Terry discovers her battered body in an East Village halfway house, the ensuing investigation leads him back to the brutal city of the seventies, where seeds of corruption were first sown. Terry is soon at odds with an influential cop harboring family secrets; a smooth-talking Hispanic civic leader; and Julie Giada, the angel in the DA's office. At the same time, Terry tries to do right by daughter Bella while grappling with the memories of his lost wife and son and a forever-changed New York City.

An "imaginative, daring writer" (Publishers Weekly), Fusilli delivers another beautifully moody and atmospheric winner.

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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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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New York private eye Terry Orr is still struggling to recover from the subway murder of his wife Marina and infant son Davy (Closing Time, 2001). The events of September 11 have only exacerbated his constant grief, but there are optimistic signs as well. His teenaged daughter Bella seems well-adjusted and brings boundless joy to her father. Friends are looking out for Terry, and there's a hint of romance with an ADA named Julie. These developments overshadow the mystery swirling around Sonia Salgado, recently free after serving a 30-year sentence for a crime she committed as a teenager. As a favor to Mrs. Maoli, his housekeeper, Terry agrees to help elderly Dorotea Salgado reunite her hardened ex-con daughter with the grandson she has never met. But Terry's first meeting with Sonia is the discovery of her corpse. Despite harassment by the police, Terry tracks several unprosecuted accomplices from Sonia's crime-the murder of a diamond merchant and the theft of nearly a million in unrecovered jewels-from Ahmed Hassan, now a prominent theater director under a different name, to thug Alfie Bascomb, who gives Terry a severe beating to drive him off the case. Terry's probing also attracts the attention of shady cop Tommy Mangionella, a.k.a. Tommy Mango, and slick Hispanic civic leader Danny Villa, for reasons both obscure and suspicious. In between battles with his own personal demons, Terry ferrets out and fingers those from Sonia's past. Steeped in melancholic reverie and spot-on Manhattan detail, Terry's noir saga doesn't make it as mystery, but sparkles as a literary event.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399149313
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Terry Orr Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal. This is his second novel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating crime thriller

    It has been almost four years since Terry Orr lost his wife and infant son to a madman¿s impulse. They died when a killer threw the baby on a track and his mother jumped down to try to get him before he was run over by an oncoming train. She failed. Terry left his career as a writer and a historian to become a private investigator, hoping that he will apprehend his family¿s killer. <P>In the meantime his housekeeper asks him to find the daughter of a friend. Sonia Salgado just got out of prison after serving thirty years on a murder charge. A call to the assistant district attorney gets him an address, but when he goes to visit Sonia, he finds her dead. She is the victim of a homicide that Terry is unable to leave to the police to solve. He starts his own investigation, making enemies along the way and putting his own life in danger. <P>Jim Fusilli captures the effects the events of September 11 has on one family living near Ground Zero so that the reader knows how New Yorkers felt about that infamous day. A WELL KNOWN SECRET is a well written and fascinating crime thriller starring a hero who has suffered tremendous losses yet still finds the strength to go on. The support cast adds plenty of color to the city that never quits even after 9/11. <P>Harriet Klausner

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