The amazing Nadelson -- she gets a jacket blurb from Salman Rushdie, no less -- can't write a character who doesn't charge off the page. Billy Farone is Cohen's godson, a strange, beautiful boy as passionate about fishing as Cohen is about locking up dangerous people, and who himself disappears. Businessman Tolya Sverdloff, son of a famous Moscow actor, "knew his way around high culture, but he played the part of an international hood." If you think capitalism is rough in, say, Houston, get this: Business rivals once kidnapped Sverdloff's teenage daughter, locked her in a closet for a week, and cut off her finger. He tells Cohen, "They sent her back, but it's not her."
The Washington Post
Back on the NYPD after a stint as a PI, Artie Cohen takes on a mysterious and ambiguous special assignment in his twisty, psychologically complex fifth outing, set during the winter of 2002. Obsessed and haunted by the 9/11 terrorist attack, as well as by his fraught Russian upbringing, Cohen has found a sliver of hope in his relationship with Billy Farone, his 12-year-old godson. When bloody clothing is found on a Brooklyn beach, Cohen instinctively fears for Billy's safety. Despite reassurances from Billy's parents that the boy is away with a friend, Cohen remains uneasy-even after evidence links the clothes to a missing girl who eventually turns up dead. Cohen calls on his many contacts in the Brighton Beach Russian emigre community, including underworld figures and other unsavory characters, for help in solving the case. Meanwhile, his boss, who believes a serial killer is preying on New York City's youngsters, alternatively engages and excludes him from the investigation. Nadelson (Bloody London) pulls few punches, and the final revelation is a genuine shocker-a rare accomplishment in crime fiction these days. Nadelson is also the author of a biography, Comrade Rockstar, which is under film option to Tom Hanks. Agent, David Miller at Rogers, Coleridge & White (U.K.). (June 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This fifth entry (after Sex Dolls) in the series featuring Artie Cohen, a Russian-born New York City cop, finds him and his hometown still reeling from the 9/11 tragedy. In the midst of the record-breaking cold one winter, a jogger finds blood-soaked clothes under the Brooklyn boardwalk-some of which belong to Cohen's 12-year-old godson. This and the disappearance of a child from a wealthy Manhattan home put Cohen in a desperate race to find both kids and their abductors. He moves from midtown politics to the emigre community in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where his Russian heritage both helps and hinders his investigation; the result is more than one stunning surprise. Nadelson, an author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker, vividly describes her native city, draws her characters with sympathy, and skillfully manages an intricate plot. Very popular in England, where her books were first published, she deserves equal success here. This book surely will send new fans to the earlier titles even as they eagerly await her next. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Eighteen months after the Twin Towers fall, Russian-born Artie Cohen, back in the NYPD fold again (Bloody London, 1999, etc.), finds a new hell in Brooklyn. Even though Artie's never been close to his cousin Evgenia or her husband, Sheepshead Bay restaurateur Johnny Farone, he's always had a special bond with their son Billy, the godson he loves to take fishing. Weeks before the boy is about to turn 12, he disappears just as jogger Ivana Galitzine makes a chilling discovery: a half-buried pile of bloodstained children's clothes, including a red shirt Billy had been given by his friend May Luca, 10, and also missing. Artie's boss Sonny Lippert, who heads a special police unit investigating crimes against children, is sure that a serial killer who's already struck twice in Brooklyn is to blame. But Artie's not sure of anything, not even whether the clothing came from Billy or May. Unfortunately, his road to enlightenment is dragged out by Nadelson's sluggish pacing. When even the most promisingly scruffy new arrivals need to say everything three times, as if they were all on bad cell phone lines, it's no wonder that Artie doesn't realize "my relationship with Billy validated me as a human being" till page 234. Catching the killer will take even longer. Worth staying with for its sense of Brooklyn neighborhoods and its shocking conclusion as long as you don't mind the pervasive moroseness. Even the sex is glum.
Lesser thriller writers…waste pages reaching for the effects that Nadelson achieves in a couple of lines.”
“A cracker of a story, original, well-written and fast-paced.”
“Fiction’s most exciting private dick — keeps Nadelson up there with the crime greats.”