In this “gripping mystery”from the author of Closing Time, New York City PI Terry Orr finally confronts the madman who murdered his wife and son (Providence Journal-Bulletin).
Terry Orr has taken on his share of baffling cases—but he’s never worked for a dead man. When his friend Leo Mallard passes away, his last request is for Terry to track down his duplicitous ex-wife who stole the profits from the restaurant they owned together. But as much as Terry wants to honor his friend’s request, all his concerns are about to be overshadowed by a shocking discovery.
Terry has just found Raymond Montgomery Weisz—the man who killed his wife and son. Finally, he will have his vengeance. But what he learns about that fatal day is far from what he ever expected—and Terry must decide if the truth he’s been searching for is worth destroying the life he’s spent so long rebuilding . . .
Written with “poetic intensity,” this is a hard-hitting, heartbreaking story of obsession, redemption, and revenge that will keep murder mystery fans riveted (Kirkus Reviews).
Tribeca Blues is the 3rd book in the Terry Orr Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Still plagued by the tragic loss of his wife and son five years earlier, sometime PI Terry Orr finally gets a chance to find the man he thinks killed them in Fusilli's third installment of his Tribeca series (Closing Time; A Well-Known Secret). Distanced from his surviving daughter (the intellectually precocious teenaged Bella, who's just completed her first book), Terry has been seeing a shrink to little effect, although his blossoming relationship with prosecutor Julie Giada seems to be helping a bit. Two incidents kick the plot into gear: first, the death of Leo Mallard, Terry's longtime friend and owner of a struggling TriBeCa watering hole called the Tilt, and second, Terry's discovery of a fresh clue in his search for the Madman, Raymond Weisz, the lunatic genius Terry blames for taking his wife and son. But as Terry probes the darkness, searching for Weisz by interviewing eyewitnesses to the tragedy (and while he tries to execute Leo's will, against a rising tide of resentment from Leo's widow and sister), he learns some harsh truths about the circumstances of his wife's fate and the Madman's role in it. Right about the time Leo's drunken widow decides to claim her inheritance at point-blank range, Terry threatens to unravel. Terry is an appealing character, a single parent still suffering from incalculable loss, trying to raise his daughter in a neighborhood also struggling to pull itself together. Putnam is obviously grooming Fusilli to take his place in its stable of mystery bestsellers, and the follow-up to this sometimes rough but necessary narrative link in the series may well do it.