Gritty Tale of a New York Homicide Investigation
By Peter de Jonge
Harper, $25.99, 308 pages
In a Manhattan south side precinct, Homicide Detective Darlene O’Hara meets a woman who has come in to report a possible murder. She is a home health care worker whose patient is an elderly man with memory problems. He had told her that seventeen years ago he had killed his criminal partner, a very large black man. He claimed to have buried him in a nearby park under a willow tree. When digging for the remains, strange objects are found, and the body they dig up is that of a young boy. The mystery leads O’Hara into a strange world involving gypsies and their elderly victims. As she investigates, more murders occur.
Peter de Jonge is the author of Shadows Still Remain and is co-author with James Patterson of three books: Miracle on the Green, and New York Times best-sellers Beach Road and The Beach House. He has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Best American Sports Writing, National Geographic, Harpers Bazaar, Details and Manhattan, Inc..
This novel draws you in to an engrossing adventure that keeps you guessing right up until the unexpected ending.
Reviewed by Fran Byram