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A Hidden Manhattan Mystery - A frightened woman leaves a note reading HELP ME outside Sanitation supervisor Anna Winthrop’s apartment . . . A career-making story leads a journalist to a human-trafficking ring . . . A woman acts as bait in an effort to track down her missing sister . . . and Anna’s visiting cousin Patti prowls New York’s dark streets, but won’t say why. All roads lead to the Kirkmore, a sinister apartment tower harboring a secret more horrifying than anyone could...

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Overview

A Hidden Manhattan Mystery - A frightened woman leaves a note reading HELP ME outside Sanitation supervisor Anna Winthrop’s apartment . . . A career-making story leads a journalist to a human-trafficking ring . . . A woman acts as bait in an effort to track down her missing sister . . . and Anna’s visiting cousin Patti prowls New York’s dark streets, but won’t say why. All roads lead to the Kirkmore, a sinister apartment tower harboring a secret more horrifying than anyone could ever have imagined.

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Publishers Weekly
In Marshall's absorbing fourth Hidden Manhattan mystery (after March 2010's Dark Alley), sanitation garage supervisor Anna Winthrop is looking forward to a long visit from second cousin Patti Fairchild, a recent Cincinnati high school grad not yet interested in college. Meanwhile, Nettie Clouchet, Anna's nervous upstairs neighbor and "ghost blogger" journo, is researching Anna for her proposed book on New York City women of achievement. Soon after Anna sells a roll-top desk to Ukrainian Grigori Sidorov to make room for Patti, a striking young woman who was waiting in Grigori's truck outside Anna's apartment building drops a note on the sidewalk reading "help me," then hops in a cab. Anna and her boyfriend, NYPD officer Santos Reyes, can't ignore this distress message--and neither can Nettie. The suspense mounts as Anna seeks the elusive young woman in this fresh if sometimes sad tale of human trafficking with a goofy Stepford Wives twist. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews

A sanitation supervisor becomes involved in yet another deadly mystery.

Anna Winthrop is from a wealthy family but chooses to hold down an unglamorous job that often leads her into danger. After she sells a desk to two Ukrainian men who have a woman in their truck, Anna finds a note saying "Help Me," an appeal she can't ignore. Although she sees the elusive beauty again dining with a retired surgeon and in Grand Central Station, she's unable to make contact with her before the woman's body is found in the Hudson River. Meanwhile, Anna's new neighbor, Nettie Clouchet, is secretly working on a book that will include Anna's exploits. Nettie stumbles on a lead to a human-trafficking ring that is linked to Anna's mysterious stranger. In addition, Anna has her hands full with her young cousin Patti, who's visiting New York to get ideas about her future but actually has a secret agenda. Nettie becomes increasingly volatile as she worries about being stalked by her former boyfriend. Both she and Anna put their lives in danger posing as maids to gain entrance to Kirkmore, an apartment tower that holds the answers to the mystery. With help from her policeman boyfriend, Anna finally finds some answers, but not before putting her life at risk.

Another love letter to the city Marshall (Dark Alley, 2010, etc.) knows so well, this one marked by several interesting twists and Anna's annoying lack of common sense.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727869210
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Hidden Manhattan Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall is president of the Evan Marshall Agency, a leading literary agency that specalizes in representing fiction writers.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    The fourth Hidden Manhattan mystery (see Dark Alley) is a gripping urban mystery

    Recent Cincinnati high school graduate Patti Fairchild is coming to Manhattan to spend time with her older second cousin sanitation garage supervisor Anna Winthrop. Patti has not made any plans for her future so Anna is excited with her relative's visit.

    At the same time that Patti is due in town, Anna's edgy neighbor Nettie Clouchet, the "ghost blogger" is investigating Winthop for a section in her new book on local women of achievement. To make space for her cuz in her small apartment, Anna sells a desk to Ukrainian Grigori Sidorov. Inside Grigori's truck sits a pretty woman who drops a note onto the sidewalk while the desk is loaded. Anna picks up the message, which pleads: "help me". She gets her boyfriend, NYPD police officer Santos Reyes, who agrees the woman, may be in trouble and they should not ignore that possibility. Nervous Nettie can't either as a journalist. None of them nor Patti who wanders the avenues at night know yet that their separate inquiries involve trafficking as the Kirkmore Apartments is where Death Is Disposable.

    The fourth Hidden Manhattan mystery (see Dark Alley) is a gripping urban mystery in which the four "sleuths" learn where all avenues ends, but may be too late by the time they figure out the horror they investigate. Fast-paced, readers will want to journey the streets of Manhattan along side their tour guides as mean is too soft of a descriptor. This is all lights-on after reading thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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