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Silent City (Claire Codella Series #1)
     

Silent City (Claire Codella Series #1)

by Carrie Smith
 

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NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn't even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time.

Overview


NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn't even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time.

As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.

Silent City, Carrie Smith's explosive debut, will introduce readers to a brilliant new voice in crime fiction that will grab them and not let go until the very last page and a fearless heroine who they will enjoy for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/17/2015
This well-crafted series launch from Smith (Forget Harry) introduces Claire Codella, a New York City detective back on the job after battling lymphoma for several months. Codella, who may look well but is still adjusting to her harrowingly close encounter with death, welcomes the distraction of a bizarre murder case. Someone posed the body of Hector Sanchez, the popular principal of PS 777, a public elementary school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, on his apartment floor to resemble Christ on the cross. With little evidence and plenty of suspects—including certain PS 777 parents, teachers, and fellow administrators—the detective and her team find that every clue brings new revelations about the public and private life of the man touted as the savior of PS 777, which was a failing school until he took over. Codella’s ruminations on death and dying are thought-provoking and never maudlin, providing readers with an insightful glimpse into the emotions and consequences of being a cancer survivor. Agent: Kathy Green, Kathryn Green Literary Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

Winner of three Hopwood awards at University of Michigan
Winner of a Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship
Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction

"Smith’s debut in the genre features snappy prose, a skillfully constructed
plot, and a nicely detailed rendering of police work...Fans of procedurals should add Smith to their must-read lists."
--Booklist starred review

"Well-crafted...an insightful glimpse into the emotions and consequences of being a cancer survivor."
--Publishers Weekly

"Smith’s debut grabs you on the first page and makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. The tension increases as the drama unfolds. It is well paced and will leave you anticipating her next book."
--RT Book Reviews

"Claire is a smart protagonist. [Silent City is] tight, well-written and tracked beautifully. I think that readers of Linda Fairstein will enjoy Carrie’s work. She, like Linda, does a great job of describing the city."
--Bookreporter

"The story flows well, the mix of people is amazing, and greed and lust walk among them. Ms. Smith makes the story believable."
--Long and Short Reviews

"This compelling debut kept me up all night. Crime fiction fans, take note: newcomer Carrie Smith belongs at the top of your to-be-read pile!"
--New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub

"Silent City grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. With a cast of characters whose conflicting interests come together in a seamless tapestry of dishonesty and deception, you'll be guessing until the tense conclusion of this incredibly taut tale. I can't wait to see what author Carrie Smith does next. She's got a new fan."
--Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 Mysteries

"Smith's New York is a real place and her story's a good one, but her true superpower is her ability to unravel the messy intricacies of peoples' interior lives. In Smith's work -- as in life -- there are no minor characters.
--SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of Skin of the Wolf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629533742
Publisher:
Crooked Lane Books
Publication date:
10/13/2015
Series:
Claire Codella Series , #1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
304,769
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Carrie Smith is the Senior Vice President, Publisher of Benchmark Education Company. Her writing awards include three Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in Manhattan.

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