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To enthusiastic reviews David Cray staked out his gritty, darkly realistic territory in the field of crime fiction with the gripping police procedural Little Girl Blue. In it, he also introduced the tough-minded NYPD lieutenant Julia Brennan and disaffected undercover cop Peter Foley—just two of the reasons that prompted the Cleveland Plain Dealer to note, "It's only a matter of time before the reading world discovers David Cray." That time has come with Brennan's second outing in New York's criminal underworld. ...

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To enthusiastic reviews David Cray staked out his gritty, darkly realistic territory in the field of crime fiction with the gripping police procedural Little Girl Blue. In it, he also introduced the tough-minded NYPD lieutenant Julia Brennan and disaffected undercover cop Peter Foley—just two of the reasons that prompted the Cleveland Plain Dealer to note, "It's only a matter of time before the reading world discovers David Cray." That time has come with Brennan's second outing in New York's criminal underworld. Now a captain and commanding officer of the district attorney's Sex Crimes Unit, Brennan is investigating the homicide of Adeline Rose, who has been found murdered in the third-floor sitting room of her Manhattan townhouse. So consumed does Julia become by the case, in fact, that she barely notices Peter Foley has not been returning her phone calls. Foley has discovered that his young daughter, kidnapped more than five years before, is still alive. Prepared to do anything to get his child back, Foley has intentionally been avoiding the more scrupulous Julia. She, though, will soon prove to be his fiercest ally—in a deadly game with stakes so high that no rules hold. "A master manipulator ... with sardonic humor."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

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In this well-oiled crime novel, tough, smart, beautiful New York detective Julia Brennan investigates the murder of Adeline Rose, a wealthy Upper East Side widow with a shady past, while ex-cop boyfriend Peter Foley goes undercover to rescue his 11-year-old daughter from the child pornographers who kidnapped her five years earlier. Uptown, Julia, now a captain in the district attorney's Sex Crimes Unit, quickly identifies three prime suspects for Rose's homicide: her slick lawyer, junkie stepdaughter and menacing stepson. All three hated the woman and all three lied to the police. Julia evades easy answers, uncovering the murderous plot with the same savvy she applies to interoffice politics. Downtown, Peter has no easy answers, no press conferences and no office. With only an amateur videotape to suggest his daughter is still alive, he is ready to do anything to get her back. As the bruised bodies of pornographers and thugs pile up along Peter's path, Julia is warned he may not be the ideal match for an ambitious woman like her. Cray (Little Girl Blue, etc.) uses time-tested formulas, filling his uptown mystery with clever dialogue and his downtown crime caper with action. He delivers ample amounts of sex and violence, followed by redemptive portions of morality and family feeling. Cray knows readers turn to crime fiction to satisfy a need for poetic justice-clean endings, puzzles with all the pieces in place-and he doesn't disappoint. The villains suffer the nasty fates they deserve; the heroes triumph, ready for the sequel. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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NYPD captain Julia Brennan (Little Girl Blue, 2002) catches a case outside her sex-crimes bailiwick: the brutal murder of wealthy widow Adeline Rose. Not your typical elderly matron, Adeline was a showgirl and unabashed gold-digger who snagged millionaire Herschel Liebman, more than 20 years her senior. On his death, she froze out his children Hannah and Steven, who, along with family lawyer Craig Whitmore, form a triumvirate of most likely suspects. Meanwhile, Julia's lover Peter Foley, a brooding ex-cop on a five-year crusade to find his kidnapped daughter Patti, gets his first solid lead. It comes from a kiddie-porn peddler, Toshi Matsunaga, in the form of a blue video featuring Patti; rage and anxious hope lead a parade of volatile emotions through Foley's head. While Julia neatly wraps her murder investigation with an arrest, Foley muscles a Brooklyn porn dealer named Philly Habib, who pulls a gun on him. Foley shoots Habib dead with no hesitation or regrets. He's scooped up by the FBI for a grilling, but reveals little. Still, he steers clear of Julia for awhile, knowing her association with him is a constant threat to her career advancement. But Julia, seconded by teenage daughter Corry, values her relationship with Foley above department politics. When the couple reunites, Julie helps Foley by engineering the bust of a major porn ring-and he works with her to close a loophole in the Adeline Rose case. And on to the search for Patti. With Julia and Foley on a surer romantic footing, this sequel has more a police procedural flavor-and, sadly, less flavor altogether.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786710850
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Otto Penzler Books Series
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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