A Chicago cop is out to avenge his nephew’s murder in this “masterly creation” that puts the Edgar Award–winning author in “the Parker/Paretsky league” (Chicago Tribune).
When you’re a sixty-two-year-old cop with bad knees, most days feel pretty long. But the longest day of Abe Lieberman’s life begins just after midnight when he learns his nephew David has been shot dead and David’s pregnant wife has been gravely injured by two gunmen trying to rob the couple. Now Carol is barely clinging to life, and it’s up to Lieberman to track down the killers.
With the help of his partner, the troubled alcoholic Bill Hanrahan, Lieberman will turn the city upside down to find the men who stole his nephew’s bright future. But as they step out into the howling Chicago wind, it’s clear both partners will need to fight to survive the day that started out terrible and is about to get a lot worse.
This day in the life of two veteran Chicago cops is “beautifully rendered . . . Kaminsky is extraordinarily attuned to the domestic minutiae of his detectives’ lives” (The New York Times Book Review).
Kaminsky may be best known for his Toby Peters series, most recently The Melting Clock , set in 1940's L.A., but this third outing for Chicago homicide detective Abe Lieberman (after Lieb erman's Choice ) firmly establishes the characters and setting of this present-day series as well. Lieberman's nephew, David, and David's pregnant wife are shot in a late night mugging. David dies; his wife and unborn child survive, barely. Lieberman gets the case and in the following 24 hours deals with the grief of his brother and sister-in-law, the aftereffects of the collapse of his daughter's marriage, the desperate deal he cuts with a violent drug-dealer called El Perro to catch the killers and the busting of two con artists. Lieberman's partner, Bill Hanrahan, copes with his own alcoholism, ambivalent feelings for his runaway wife, his Chinese-American lover and murderous Frankie Kraylaw, whose abused wife and son he has been sheltering. Lieberman uncovers a final nasty secret about the murder as he and Hanrahan are involved in separate violent conclusions. Kaminsky masterfully limns his colorful characters, none more finely than 62-year-old Abe: smart, weary and loving, with a sorrowful, wise appreciation for life's absurdities and gifts.