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George Young, a world-weary insurance lawyer in New York City, has taken
his fair share of knocks and bruises in the business of credit,
bankruptcy, and fraud cases. One Friday he receives an unusual request
from the elderly and ailing widow of Wilson Corbett, the founder of the
firm George has worked for all his life. At first it seems one more
unwanted call on his time, but loyalty to his former boss won't let him
ignore it, for the elderly Mrs Corbett has recently lost her son and she
wants the truth about his fatal accident.
high-flier, Roger Corbett's career - and marriage - had fallen apart in
the credit crunch, costing him millions. But what was written on the
piece of paper which distracted him seconds before he was run down by a
garbage truck outside a New York bar? Roger's new girlfriend, a
mysterious Czech model with dubious Russian connections, knows more
about his last moments than she's letting on, everyone is warning him
off, while Mrs Corbett's reasons for choosing George for this last
personal favour remain frustratingly unclear...
In Harrison's entertaining urban noir, which has been revised since the New York Times Magazine ran it as a serial, Manhattan insurance attorney George Young agrees to help Mrs. Corbett, the widow of his firm's founder, with a minor mystery. How did Corbett's son, Roger, spend his final hours before a garbage truck struck him dead? The images a security camera captured of Roger's last moments mesmerize the amateur detective. Young's investigation leads him to Eliska Sedlacek, a Czech hand model, who was Roger's mistress for the last few months of his life. Eliska is eager to get access to Roger's possessions, which his ex-wife has placed in long-term storage. Some mundane items belonging to Roger, including an old phone book bought on eBay and some Christmas ornaments, turn out to be of interest to some unsavory figures. Harrison (The Finder) telegraphs the final reveal early on, but the colorful narrative voice will leave many readers wishing for more.