When a troubled, talented teenager goes missing, private investigator Terry Orr's search uncovers a hornet's nest of family secrets.
In just three short years, Jim Fusilli has garnered the kind of praise for which writers wait their entire careers: "Superior . . . This courageous and original writer works against the grain of expectations, looking to make our experience not easy but illuminative and true," proclaimed The Boston Globe. Publishers Weekly writes, "Fusilli's sense of place is stunning: a tangible, poetically evoked Manhattan infuses this complex, haunting story."
In the latest installment of Jim Fusilli's critically acclaimed series, enigmatic hero and occasional private eye Terry Orr has been asked by his precocious daughter, Bella, and her friend Daniel Wu to search for a gifted student who has suddenly disappeared. Terry quickly discovers that documents and cash have been stolen from the home of an elderly family friend with whom the boy had been staying. When Terry travels to the adolescent's New Jersey hometown, he meets with unexpected violence. And when he returns to the city, the trail leads to murder, as his own life hangs in the balance.
But Terry can't say no to this case; something about the damaged boy reminds him of his own difficult youth, as well as his constantly challenging relationship with daughter, Bella, who has begun to push her desperate father away.
Filled with brilliantly drawn characters and imbued with Fusilli's vivid evocation of New York, Hard, Hard City is a revelation.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||4.32(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.85(d)|
About the Author
Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. This is his fourth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book and believe that I have found another series in which I enjoy. I love dectective novels but some of them can get old. Terry Orr is a great character and the mystery itself and how it unfolded was excellent. The only thing I didn't like was the flasback techniques he used because it broke up the pace of the story. I am definitely reading the back stories of Terry Orr and can't wait to read the next installment.
After years of mourning for his wife and their son who died in a train accident, private detective Terry Orr still struggles with the fact that his spouse was locked in a passionate embrace with another man while her son was on the rail tracks. She died trying to save their child¿s life. Terry cares for Julie, but is unable to tell or show her how much he needs her. His daughter Bella looks after him because she understands his pain and he will do anything for her......................... Bella asks her father to find Allie Powell, who has been missing for several days. Terry visits John McPorter, who shows the sleuth his open safe in which $471 and some envelopes were stolen leaving behind much more valuable items. Next Terry sees Allie¿s father Powell who believes the detective has the stolen items; his goons rough up Terry. He returns to John¿s house to find the man impaled on a fence and not long afterward the man¿s son is dead in a shoddy apartment building. Terry concludes that Powell seeks incriminating documents that John possessed and if he can prove this perhaps Allie can come out of hiding.......................... Jim Fusilli provides a dark urban noir that paints the meanness of city streets. The protagonist prefers being shot at or beaten up as less painful than his thoughts and enables him to escape from his growing unwanted feelings for Julie. The story line is action-packed filled with colorful secondary characters, but it is the sinister Manhattan skyline that makes HARD, HARD CITY a tale that fans of James Patterson will want to read....................... Harriet Klausner