"A must read. I couldn’t put the sucker down."—Stephen King
Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the U.S. Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories.
But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father’s death. Though truth be told, the list of people—cops and criminals—who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes into an urban labyrinth where they must confront each other—and the brutal truths that could destroy them both.
Proving Ground, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Peter Blauner’s first novel in more than a decade, is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner’s singular voice.
Although it has been 11 years since Slipping into Darkness, Edgar-winner Blauner hasn't lost his touch, as this page-turner demonstrates. Iraq war veteran Nathaniel Dresden (aka Natty Dread) has returned to New York City for the funeral of his murdered father, lawyer David Dresden. The senior Dresden was suing the FBI on behalf of a Muslim mail carrier, whom they seized and turned over to the Macedonians for "enhanced interrogation." When detectives Lourdes Robles and Kevin Sullivan catch the case, they find a suspicious pattern of calls from the senior Dresden to the New York FBI office. Natty begins to help his father's partner, Benjamin Grimaldi, continue the suit, hoping to discover more about his father's murder. They don't have an easy time piecing together the murder case or the case against the FBI, but the connections between the two eventually become too great to ignore. Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced. 100,000 announced first printing. \n