Hot Poppies (Artie Cohen Series #2)

Hot Poppies (Artie Cohen Series #2)

by Reggie Nadelson
     
 

A murder in New York’s diamond district; a plastic bag of irradiated heroin lying on the mantelpiece in an empty apartment; a fire in a sweatshop in the city’s swarming Chinatown; the worst blizzard in New York history…. These events conspire to bring ex-cop Artie Cohen out of retirement and back into an obsessive world of murder and politics that

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A murder in New York’s diamond district; a plastic bag of irradiated heroin lying on the mantelpiece in an empty apartment; a fire in a sweatshop in the city’s swarming Chinatown; the worst blizzard in New York history…. These events conspire to bring ex-cop Artie Cohen out of retirement and back into an obsessive world of murder and politics that once nearly killed him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Artie Cohen isn't your average New York City cop. Born Artemy Maximovich Ostalsky in Moscow, Artie left Russia at 16, spent some time in the Israeli Army, then came to America and joined the NYPD, where his background gives him special tools to use in fighting imported criminals. Now, after the misadventures chronicled in his first outing (Red Hot Blues, 1998), Artie is officially on "extended leave without pay," but foreign-flavored crime still swirls around him. When a good friend in the diamond business finds a dead Chinese girl in his shop, he calls on Artie. The family of Ricky Tae, who was badly wounded saving Artie's life, begs him to help their daughter break her drug habit--fueled by an exotic kind of irradiated heroin from China known as Hot Poppy. Meanwhile, Artie's lover, Lily Hanes, desperately seeking an adopted child, finds herself in trouble on the Chinese mainland, where intentionally fattened female infants are also called "hot poppies." The New York Chinatown turf has been explored before (e.g., by the likes of S.J. Rozan), but Nadelson (an American who lives in London) makes it her own by creating fresh characters with unexpected insights that make their travails both entertaining and real. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Though Artie Cohen, that handsome devil, is no longer a cop (see the series debut, Red Hot Blues, 1998), sleuthing remains meat and drink to him. His friends know that, and it's at least part of the reason they think of him first whenever they're in trouble. A case in point is certainly Hillel Abramsky: Hillel's current trouble is stretched out on the floor of his office-in the form of a very dead Chinese girl. And no, Artie, he can't dial 911 because, well, he just can't. Subsequently, Artie discovers that Hillel's no-account brother Sherman, up to his usual no-goodnik tricks, is the inhibiting factor. But by that time Artie's deep into an investigation that takes him all over Chinatown and eventually to Hong Kong-on the trail of a world-class villain called the Debt Collector. It's an investigation that involves exotic drugs (the "Hot Poppies" of the title), pornography, a brutal baby-racket, and a miscellany of nefarious activities. It also involves Artie (to whom womanizing is the stuff of ritual) with a diversity of stunning ladies, all eager to bed him. Among the males he meets, on the other hand, the inclination is to bash him, a thing that happens with some regularity. In Hong Kong, Artie bumps into old friends, confronts new enemies, and at last catches up with the Debt Collector, whose identity is a shocker-to him at least. A mishmash of a plot, redeemed every 30 pages or so by the introduction of some colorful character or another. But color Artie himself a pale imitation, and with him at the series center, the center does not hold. .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099497820
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Artie Cohen Series, #2
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

A journalist and documentary film maker, Reggie Nadelson is a New Yorker who also makes her home in London. She is the author of six novels featuring the detective Artie Cohen, most recently Red Hook. Her non-fiction book Comrade Rockstar, the story of the American who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is to be made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

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