Buried on Avenue B: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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When a home health attendant, Paulette Williamson, appears at Homicide South in Manhattan, she's introduced to the NYPD's Detective Darlene O'Hara and skeptically reports the confession of a senior citizen struggling with Alzheimer's. Gus Henderson, a former junkie and petty criminal, claims he murdered and buried his former partner-in-crime in a park off Avenue B more than a decade ago, a lowlife who fell off the grid and hasn't been seen since. The city agrees to excavate the alleged scene of the crime, and the...

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Overview

When a home health attendant, Paulette Williamson, appears at Homicide South in Manhattan, she's introduced to the NYPD's Detective Darlene O'Hara and skeptically reports the confession of a senior citizen struggling with Alzheimer's. Gus Henderson, a former junkie and petty criminal, claims he murdered and buried his former partner-in-crime in a park off Avenue B more than a decade ago, a lowlife who fell off the grid and hasn't been seen since. The city agrees to excavate the alleged scene of the crime, and the police find a body—just not the one they were looking for.

The cops unearth the skeleton of a ten-year-old boy, neatly dressed and buried ceremoniously with a comic book, a CD, some pot, and booze. Instead of an easy open-and-shut case, O'Hara is faced with finding the murderer of a child, and the pressure is on the newly promoted detective to prove herself. The trail takes O'Hara from the seediest corners of the city and its cast of misguided players—a coven of preteen potheads in Tompkins Square Park, a sleazy art house photographer in Chelsea—to a retirement community in South Florida.

Driving headlong into the dark urban underbelly to find a killer, O'Hara uncovers a tribe of criminals who brazenly prey on the weakest members of the population, and she must stop the cycle before yet another child is lost to the depths of the city.

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Editorial Reviews

James Patterson
“I’ll bet you $1 that BURIED ON AVENUE B is as good as—or better than—any mystery novel that comes out of Scandinavia, the rest of Europe, or America from sea to shining sea this year. It isn’t exactly realism—but that’s because the dialogue is too sharp and funny.”
Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub
"A compelling and puzzling mystery narrative peppered with memorable characters…De Jonge has earned himself a permanent place on this reviewer’s "must read" list."
Joe Hartlaub on Bookreporter.com
“A compelling and puzzling mystery narrative peppered with memorable characters…De Jonge has earned himself a permanent place on this reviewer’s “must read” list.”
New York Daily News
“De Jonge’s cop humor is true to life and the crime is true to the city. He also does sweet justice to New York, evoking the LES of 30 years ago as his cops work its latter-day streets.”
East Hampton Star
“Mr. de Jonge clearly enjoys himself throughout this police procedural, and it makes all the difference.”
Washington Post Book World
“De Jonge he tells his story with style, a generous helping of whimsy and a sharp eye for the odd corners and myriad eccentricities of Manhattan.”
James Patterson
“I’ll bet you $1 that BURIED ON AVENUE B is as good as—or better than—any mystery novel that comes out of Scandinavia, the rest of Europe, or America from sea to shining sea this year. It isn’t exactly realism—but that’s because the dialogue is too sharp and funny.”
Library Journal
Gus, a former junkie and petty criminal, and now an Alzheimer's patient, confesses to have killed and buried his old partner in an East Village community garden off Avenue B 17 years earlier, but instead homicide detective Darlene O'Hara (Shadows Still Remain) uncovers the skeleton of a ten-year-old boy. The body is in an advanced state of decomposition, yet it was carefully buried within the last few weeks with an odd array of mementos. Having access to the fringe community of New York's Lower East Side, O'Hara sets off in search of the street urchin's killer. VERDICT The author's hard-drinking, hard-living protagonist returns in a second edgy investigative thriller, which comes full circle in a stunningly creative manner. His hard-boiled prose and urban slang transports readers of serious crime fiction through gritty, harsh scenes populated with colorful characters Another stellar read from de Jonge—or as O'Hara would say, "Avenue B's friggin' amazing!" [See Prepub Alert, 2/5/12; library marketing]—Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Manhattan South's Detective Darlene O'Hara (Shadows Still Remain, 2009) scours the eastern seaboard for the truth about a grisly discovery in a community garden. Home health care aide Paulette Williamson doesn't expect O'Hara to take her seriously when she reports that her client, veteran junkie Gus Henderson, told her that he murdered his off-again partner Charles Faulk 17 years ago and buried him in the garden at 6th Street and Avenue B. The addled old man clearly isn't much of a witness, even to his own felonies. But O'Hara persuades her boss to let her dig up the plot Henderson has indicated. Sure enough, they find a corpse, though it's that of a 9-year-old boy who's been much more recently interred after he bled out from a bullet wound in his shoulder. Stung by having gratuitously opened a cold case with an unidentified victim and no leads, O'Hara posts the technical specs of the bullet on the national law enforcement database. To her amazement, the Sarasota PD reports a match. Longboat Key resident Benjamin Levin, who forsook the boxing ring 60 years ago to manufacture women's gloves, reportedly shot himself six months ago with the same .22 rifle. What possible connection could there be between two shooting deaths of victims two generations removed whose remains were discovered 1,200 miles apart? To answer that question, O'Hara will have to team up with a no-nonsense lesbian detective in Sarasota, track down a suspicious van gone missing in South Carolina, search for a pair of distraction burglars who prey on the recently widowed elderly, and interrogate a clutch of gypsies back home. De Jonge seasons what might have been a routine procedural with a heroine who's sensitive without being tiresome and a half-dozen nifty surprises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062097125
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: Darlene O'Hara Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 195,179
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter de Jonge is the author of Shadows Still Remain and coauthor of three books with James Patterson: Miracle on the 17th Green and the number one New York Times bestsellers Beach Road and The Beach House. He worked as a reporter at the Associated Press and has been a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Excellent and Highly Intriguing Plot

    Author Peter de Jonge's Buried on Avenue B, book 2 of the O’Hara & Krekorian series, is a fast-paced thriller that will capture most readers. Peter de Jonge has created an amazing thriller containing a wide array of interesting and well created characters with his writing of Buried on Avenue B. Although not the typical character Hercules is one I grew to care for. Hercules is introduced through other characters and their stories/memories of him. Buried on Avenue B centers around NYPD Homicide Division Detective Darlene O'Hara who works out of what is known as "Homicide Soft" because little comes their way. One morning everything changes when a woman named Paulette Williamson comes in to report a murder told to her by Gus Henderson, an elderly, ex-drug addict patient she is caring for. According to Gus he kill an African-American adult male then buried him under a Willow Tree in the community gardens 17 years ago. Skeptical at first, but deciding to take a quick look anyway Detective O'Hara soon realizes this could be the real deal, now all she has to do is convince her Lieutenant with minimal evidence to allow her to try and find a body. Once given the go ahead Detective O'Hara is surprised when she hears the victim is not the intended, but that of a Caucasian, male child with an odd array of items found buried around him. Follow Detective O'Hara as this case takes her on a cross country hunt for answers. I was completely caught up in the hunt and cheered Detective O'Hara the whole way. Buried on Avenue B has twists and turns throughout and will leave readers stunned when all the pieces fall into place. I hope Peter de Jonge has intentions to further capture readers with future books in the O’Hara & Krekorian series.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Good plot Good plot. Foul language ruined it.

    This is a book that I would normally enjoy reading. However the abundance use of the f-bomb and foul language ruins it for me. I would not reommend this author to any of my family or friends.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Quick read

    It took me 3 days to read this novel. I enjoyed it...although i didnt like how the chapters started, it was hard to figure out where o'hara was at times...otherwiseit was pretty good!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Avengures plane

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    MUST READ

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. IT WAS VERY MUCH TO HOME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Enjoyed it - Liked the detective character

    Would be interested in reading other books in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    terrible read Terrbe read

    Just the worst book i have read

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Excellent book with a story that keeps the reader guessing. I a

    Excellent book with a story that keeps the reader guessing. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    A must read.

    This is a very good book.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    good story/bit confusing.

    I liked the story line but good lord it was hard to follow. he was all over the place. I had to keep rereading chapters to figure out who was who. maybe it just didn't hold my attention strong enough. if I was on vacation and could read straight through it would have been great. I liked a few of the characters. they were interesting. I'll check out his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Amazingly good book

    Moves briskly along. Very well developed plot. Good surprise ending when the female detective...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Looking forward to more books in this series

    Good read

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Love this Book!!

    I thought Peter DeJonge was great when he worked with James Patterson but writing solo is even better! "Buried on Avenue B" is a book that grabs your interest and holds you until the end. The characters are all so interesting and come together to make for interesting reading.
    Keep trucking Peter De Jonge!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Outstanding story, great characters

    This is a story about parents and children, about gypsies and their culture, and about an unwed mother and her son. The writing is very good, and the story develops at a gradual pace, moving from an almost trivial discovery of a body, to a possibility of a crime, etc. As a subplot there is a worried parent and her son, and a son and his father. Read it! I will certainly reread it soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Blurb review tells it all

    Thank you

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Glenda

    Waits

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Shelbie is a ....

    Sl.ut

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    loved it

    Immediatley purchased the authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

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