A regional writer to the core, Nadelson passes up the city’s bright spots to roam old, abandoned and endangered neighborhoods, viewing them through those twinkling lights that make everything look beautiful at night.
The New York Times
Nadelson's strong sixth Artie Cohen whodunit (after 2005's The Disturbed Earth) depicts a grim and gritty post-9/11 New York City faced with new fears of terrorism aimed at disrupting the 2004 Republican National Convention. As Cohen, an NYPD detective who grew up in the Soviet Union, prepares to marry, he receives cryptic requests for help from an old friend, Sid McKay, a respected reporter who has become increasingly disillusioned with the corruption of the American news media. Cohen imperils his personal happiness by going the extra mile for McKay, delving into a complicated world of terrorism, the Russian underworld and real estate speculation. Tragically, Cohen's efforts can't prevent McKay's murder. The author continues to raise the stakes for her three-dimensional hero and shows every sign of having many more compelling stories to tell. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Nadelson's sixth Artie Cohen novel (after Disturbed Earth) opens as the 2004 Republican National Convention takes over New York City. About to go on his honeymoon, the newly married Artie is delayed by the murder of his friend, Sid McKay, who had thought he was being stalked but would not say what frightened him. While he obsesses over Sid's death, believing himself responsible because he did not do more to help his friend, Artie's new marriage goes down the tubes. Nadelson's sparse, staccato prose captures the rhythm of New York City in the same manner as William J. Caunitz and Michael Jahn. Nadelson is also the author of the recently published biography of Soviet rock idol Dean Reed, Comrade Rockstar, which has just been optioned by Tom Hanks. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Marriage brings little joy to Artie Cohen, NYPD. He packs his new bride off to New Jersey while he searches the Brooklyn waterfront for an old friend's killer. There's zero chemistry between Artie Cohen (Disturbed Earth, 2005, etc.)-who tortures himself daily over his old life in Russia, his Alzheimer's-stricken mother in Israel, his lost love Lily Hanes and the sadness he finds in people everywhere-and blandly cheerful Maxine Crabbe, who, undaunted by the loss of her fire-captain husband at the World Trade Center, longs to buy a condo in lower Manhattan. They spend little time together at the lavish wedding party mega-mogul Tolya Sverdloff throws them before Maxine leaves for the Jersey shore with twin daughters Millie and Maria. Promising to join them, Artie first slopes off to Red Hook to marvel at the gentrification of the old warehouses and look in on retired reporter Sid McKay, who sends him urgent messages, then refuses to elaborate before he's beaten to death. Artie puts Maxine off repeatedly while he chats with high-fliers at fancy clubs, prowls Brighton Beach to find the crazy Russian lady who sells tamales at soccer games, probes Tolya's deal to buy part of the old High Line and moons over Lily at their favorite Chinese bar, exposing the dark side of the human soul and the upside of downtown real estate while his inquiry lumbers on. Big Apple navel-gazing at its glummest.
From the Publisher
"Anyone afraid that American culture is turning homogenized and denatured need only visit the vital, layered immigrant neighborhoods in the "archipelago" —Reggie Nadelson's word —of New York City...The amazing Nadelson ... can't write a character who doesn't charge off the page."—Richard Lipez, Washington Post
“Psychologically complex ...Nadelson pulls few punches, and the final revelation is a genuine shocker--a rare accomplishment in crime fiction these days."—Publishers Weekly, starred review