Here is a New York City of narrow village streets and tenements filled with people whose lives are anything but narrow--all kinds and classes and ages of people--people who will, on occasion, need a Private Investigator to...handle things. Here is the Lower East Side and here is native son Phil Rodriquez, PI, a first generation Nuyorican. In Two Graves Dug, Phil is hired to find out who's hurting women in his 'hood: Young ones--little girls being victimized by a serial rapist--and a grown-up woman being harrassed by somebody who doesn't want her back in the old neighborhood she left a lifetime ago. Then rape turns to murder, harrassment turns into terrorism, and somebody is digging up old, ugly secrets from the past. It's enough to make Phil wonder if there's really anything he can do. Then he finds out the cops had info that could have prevented a little girl's rape and murder and a furious Phil puts his license on the line to make it right. Along the way he forms a surprising alliance with a low-level bigoted Mafioso everybody in the neighborhood hates, and he comes to believe that his business partner and best friend, Yolanda Aguierre, is correct in her belief that secrets and lies are at the root of the problems wreaking havoc in their little village on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Phil Rodriquez is a different kind of PI: He can be tough when he must. He's not the kind of guy who'll start a fight--but he's also never run from one. And he's not afraid or ashamed to care--and if that means sometimes wearing his heart on his sleeve...well, so be it.
About the Author
Penny Mickelbury is the author of ten novels in thee successful mystery series: The Phil Rodriquez Mysteries, the Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries, and the Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries. The also is an accomplished playwright, and her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and collections. She also has contributed articles to several mystery magazines and publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lower East Side private sleuth Phil Rodriguez is shocked by who wants to hire him, punk Carmen Aiello, who has announced to the entire lower Manhattan that he wants to see the PI. Carmen wants Phil to learn who is harassing black psychiatrist Jill Mason, who helped his daughter. Once Phil identifies the bum, Carmen plans to take care of business feeling he owes a debt to Dr. Mason...................... Phil begins his inquiries in the hood, but soon finds his case involves a serial rapist picking on the young. At the same that Phil walks the mean streets, his partner Yolanda Aguierre uses the computer for evidence, but relies more on her psychic skills for clues. Together they plan to stop prevent further harm to Jill and to the young females...................... Though Phil seems the hard boiled type and the story line reads like an urban noir, what makes the novel New Yorkese is the consolidating, blending and assimilating of several languages especially Yiddish, Spanish, and English into one common vernacular. Readers will like the courageous lead protagonist who sees the wealthy doctor and the poor street person as people worth keeping safe; in other words his bias is towards punks and wannabe Mafiosi. Fans of Manhattan mayhem will want to walk the Village and other streets below 14th as Penny Micklebury writes a strong inner city mystery.................. Harriet Klausner