THE HITA male Caucasian has been shot dead in a Hell's Kitchen alley-that's what the report says. But once the police hit the scene, the word hits the street: the dead man is a cop. A big shot from Internal Affairs.THE HUNTThe official story says the shooter was a local lowlife. But Detective Joe Dante has other ideas-and lots of ugly questions. Dante knows the victim had plenty of enemies, and most of them are members of the force. Was the murdered cop ambushed by one of his own?THE HEATNow the department is closing ranks, the unmistakable stink of corruption is in the air, and it looks like Dante's hunches are right on the money. To smoke out the killer, Dante's prepared to put every cop in New York on the hot seat-and his own life on the line: Because whoever gunned down one cop in cold blood is prepared to do it again.MID-TOWN NORTHChristopher Newman returns to the beat he knows best in a big, nerve-splitting police novel that tells the raw truth about law out of order.
About the Author
Born in San Francisco, California, Christopher Newman wrote the first draft of his third published novel, Manana Man, while in residence in Cali, Colombia his senior year in college. At 27, he moved to New York City, working as a trim carpenter for five years in Manhattan before publishing his first Joe Dante novel, Mid-Town South, in 1985. When that title met with considerable commercial success, his publisher convinced him to turn his protagonist into a series character. Eight more Joe Dante novels followed, all making various national best seller lists. Mid-Town North, published in 1991, was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Chains of Command, left unfinished at the time of best-selling author William Caunitz' death in 1998, was completed by Mr. Newman at the estate's request. It was named a 1999 New York Times Notable Book of the Year.