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The Letter Writer

By Dan Fesperman

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United States, 01 March 2017
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST CRIME NOVELS OF THE YEAR February 9, 1942. Disgraced Southern cop Woodrow Cain arrives in New York City for a new position with the NYPD and is greeted with smoke billowing out from the SS Normandie, engulfed in flames on the Hudson. On Cain's first day on the job, a body turns up in the same river. Unfamiliar with the milieu of mob bosses and crooked officials in the big city, Cain's investigation stalls, until a strange man who calls himself Danziger enters his life. Danziger looks like a miscreant, but speaks five languages, has the manners of a gentleman, and is the one person who can help Cain identify the body. A letter writer for illiterate European immigrants, Danzinger has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city's denizens and networks--and possesses information that extends beyond the reach of his clients, hinting at an unfathomable past. As the body count grows, Cain and Danziger inch closer toward an underground web of possibly traitorous corruption . . . but in these murky depths, not even Danzinger can know what kind of danger will await them.

About the Author

DAN FESPERMAN's travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers' Association of Britain's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantanamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore. www.danfesperman.com

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Praise for Dan Fesperman's The Letter Writer "A penetrating portrait. . . . Saturated with color and humming with life." --The New York Times Book Review "Gritty, nostalgic." --The Wall Street Journal "A cracking good yarn." --The News & Observer (Raleigh) "Stunning. . . . Danger, intrigue, politics, and spies are all masterfully woven for the reader's entertainment. . . . Addictive, fast-paced, and thrilling." --San Francisco Book Review "Makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . [Fesperman] has created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired." --Kirkus Reviews "The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here. . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction." --Booklist "Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals." --Publishers Weekly "The Letter Writer is a unique blend of a scholarly sleuth teamed with a Sherlock Holmes-like chameleon in a time of history ripe for building stories of suspense around. . . . The combination is pure chemistry, and pure entertainment." --Bookreporter "The brilliant Dan Fesperman takes us into a world of intrigue. . . . Don't miss this one--it's sure to be on my list of the year's best books." --Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Praise for Dan Fesperman s The Letter Writer A penetrating portrait. . . . Saturated with color and humming with life. The New York Times Book Review Gritty, nostalgic. The Wall Street Journal A cracking good yarn. The News & Observer(Raleigh) Stunning. . . . Danger, intrigue, politics, and spies are all masterfully woven for the reader s entertainment. . . . Addictive, fast-paced, and thrilling. San Francisco Book Review Makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . [Fesperman] has created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired. Kirkus Reviews The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here. . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction. Booklist Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals. Publishers Weekly The Letter Writeris a unique blend of a scholarly sleuth teamed with a Sherlock Holmes-like chameleon in a time of history ripe for building stories of suspense around. . . . The combination is pure chemistry, and pure entertainment. Bookreporter The brilliant Dan Fesperman takes us into a world of intrigue. . . . Don t miss this one it s sure to be on my list of the year s best books. Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail(Toronto)" Praise for The Letter Writer Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York the vitality of the German Yorkville section, the hysteria following the bombing of the luxury liner the Normandie, the influence of mobster Meyer Lansky. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals. Publishers Weekly Fesperman s troop of characters, historic and fictional, makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . A Sherlock-like creation . . . the story kicks into thriller overdrive. Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of the 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he s created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired. Kirkus Reviews The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here. . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction. Bill Ott, Booklist Praise for previous books from Dan Fesperman Fesperman [is] one of the most talented of the new generation of American spy writers. . . . The future of the spy novel is in safe hands. Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail You come away from a Fesperman novel not only abuzz with the exhilaration of the chase, but also aware that you ve absorbed something of the complexity of the world s conflicts. Charles Matthews, San Francisco Chronicle Oh, Mr. Fesperman put journalism behind you. You re too good a [novel] writer. Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fesperman is a skillful, unpretentious writer who deftly incorporates his extensive knowledge of the period. Anna Mundow, Boston Globe Mr. Fesperman is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers. Foreign correspondents should note: they now have some new standards to match. The Economist Fesperman is the most dependably entertaining, politically engaged writer you may never have heard of. Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch" Praise for "The Letter Writer" Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York the vitality of the German Yorkville section, the hysteria following the bombing of the luxury liner the "Normandie, "the influence of mobster Meyer Lansky. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals. "Publishers Weekly" Fesperman s troop of characters, historic and fictional, makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . A Sherlock-like creation . . . the story kicks into thriller overdrive. Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of the 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he s created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired. "Kirkus Reviews" The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here. . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction. Bill Ott, " Booklist" Praise for previous books from Dan Fesperman Fesperman [is] one of the most talented of the new generation of American spy writers. . . . The future of the spy novel is in safe hands. Geoffrey Wansell, "The Daily Mail" You come away from a Fesperman novel not only abuzz with the exhilaration of the chase, but also aware that you ve absorbed something of the complexity of the world s conflicts. Charles Matthews, "San Francisco Chronicle" Oh, Mr. Fesperman put journalism behind you. You re too good a [novel] writer. Harry Levins, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" "" Fesperman is a skillful, unpretentious writer who deftly incorporates his extensive knowledge of the period. Anna Mundow, "Boston Globe" Mr. Fesperman is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers. Foreign correspondents should note: they now have some new standards to match. The Economist Fesperman is the most dependably entertaining, politically engaged writer you may never have heard of. Doug Childers, "Richmond Times-Dispatch""

EAN: 9781101873991
ISBN: 110187399X
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Dimensions: 19.81 x 13.46 x 2.29 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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