A Well-Known Secret

A Well-Known Secret

by Jim Fusilli
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A Well-Known Secret by Jim Fusilli

Hailed by both the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press as one of the best mysteries of 2001, Closing Time firmly established Jim Fusilli as a writer to watch and introduced readers to Terry Orr, his precocious daughter, Bella, and what The New York Times called "the vital citizens of Fusilli's gorgeous nightmare of a city." In A Well-Known Secret, Terry's life is turned upside down while the city around him reels.

Terry's latest case concerns Sonia Salgado, recently released after thirty years in prison for the robbery and murder of diamond dealer Asher Glatzer. When Terry discovers her battered body in an East Village halfway house, the ensuing investigation leads him back to the brutal city of the seventies, where seeds of corruption were first sown. Terry is soon at odds with an influential cop harboring family secrets; a smooth-talking Hispanic civic leader; and Julie Giada, the angel in the DA's office. At the same time, Terry tries to do right by daughter Bella while grappling with the memories of his lost wife and son and a forever-changed New York City.

An "imaginative, daring writer" (Publishers Weekly), Fusilli delivers another beautifully moody and atmospheric winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399149313
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Terry Orr Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal. This is his second novel.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been almost four years since Terry Orr lost his wife and infant son to a madman¿s impulse. They died when a killer threw the baby on a track and his mother jumped down to try to get him before he was run over by an oncoming train. She failed. Terry left his career as a writer and a historian to become a private investigator, hoping that he will apprehend his family¿s killer.

In the meantime his housekeeper asks him to find the daughter of a friend. Sonia Salgado just got out of prison after serving thirty years on a murder charge. A call to the assistant district attorney gets him an address, but when he goes to visit Sonia, he finds her dead. She is the victim of a homicide that Terry is unable to leave to the police to solve. He starts his own investigation, making enemies along the way and putting his own life in danger.

Jim Fusilli captures the effects the events of September 11 has on one family living near Ground Zero so that the reader knows how New Yorkers felt about that infamous day. A WELL KNOWN SECRET is a well written and fascinating crime thriller starring a hero who has suffered tremendous losses yet still finds the strength to go on. The support cast adds plenty of color to the city that never quits even after 9/11.

Harriet Klausner