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Death's Little Helpers


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Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps. He worked on Wall Street for twenty years developing software systems for international banking institutions and retired in 2001 to devote himself to writing. He lives in Connecticut.


Black Maps P.I. John March is after a ruined Wall Street analyst who has literally fallen off the map. With a five-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Shamus-winner Spiegelman's intricate, intelligent second thriller to feature all-too-human New York PI John March (after 2003's Black Maps) explores skulduggery in the world of high finance. Nina Sachs, a high-strung Brooklyn artist, hires March to find her missing ex-husband, Gregory Danes, an arrogant stock analyst who became a media star during the last bull market. Sachs hates Danes, but he's the father of their teenage son and her primary money supply (alimony, child support). March uncovers a huge list of potential enemies: investors burned by Danes, a vindictive ex-mistress, a scary Russian mobster and a reclusive hedge fund manager. That someone else is also looking for Danes-someone with the resources to surveil March, his girlfriend and his extended family-adds to the suspense. Spiegelman makes all the details ring true, and his fine prose can be lyrical (a spring rain gives Manhattan "a scrubbed, surprised look, like a drunk, waking up sober and in his own bed for the first time in a long time"). While the determined March has the requisite grit, he is also appealingly vulnerable and introspective. If it's hard to care too much about the victim, Spiegelman makes the search extremely compelling. Agent, Denise Marcil. (July 22) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Mordant, action-packed [and] knowledge-filled. . . . Breaks new ground in detective fiction. . . . A bang-up novel." --The Washington Post "[An] elegantly written thriller. . . . A stylish take on the perennial private-eye tale." --The Wall Street Journal "[Black Maps] was a tough act to follow, and Spiegelman has done it with stunning skill. [He] has the heart, head and writing skills to make his setting explode with rare light and excitement." --Chicago Tribune "A fine story told well [that ends] with a satisfying bang. March is a man to watch." --Daily News

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