From Publishers Weekly
A family tragedy comes back to haunt Jack Leightner in Cohen's less than inspired fourth crime novel featuring the Brooklyn homicide detective (after 2009's Neptune Avenue
). In 1965, Jack watched as his 13-year-old brother, Petey, was stabbed to death by an older black teenager, who had demanded that they hand over a case of liquor. Four decades later, the killer, Darnel Teague Jr., who was never caught, shows up at Leightner's front door and confesses to the crime as part of his recovery from alcohol abuse. Darnel further upends the policeman's world by adding that an Italian-American man, a stranger whose name Darnel never learned, hired him to teach the Leightner brothers a lesson. A fresh case—a bludgeoning murder in a deli apparently committed by a terrorist—distracts Jack from trying to identify the man out to get him and Petey back in '65. The truth behind the fatal mugging may strike some readers as a letdown. (June)
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"Fast action and multiple plot lines make this fourth Jack Leightner mystery (after Neptune Avenue) an engrossing read, but don’t get too comfortable because Cohen is a master at misdirection. Not quite as dark as Reggie Nadelson and a bit more dramatic than Norman Green, Cohen captures Brooklyn and its people in this tale of then and now."--Library Journal (starred review)
"In a spellbinding return, Brooklyn homicide detective Jack Leightner investigates a murder in the family....Deftly plotted and convincingly written. Cohen...once more does the genre proud."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Cohen’s latest Jack Leightner novel might be the best so far. The borough of Brooklyn shines as brightly as the conflicted, haunted lead character, standing in for the world at large. Cohen tells a gripping story of guilt and revenge, terrorist threats and neighborhood ties and throws in a little-known historical event for good measure. Riveting!"--RT Bookreviews (4 1/2 stars)
In a spellbinding return, Brooklyn homicide detective Jack Leightner investigates a murder in the family.At 13, Petey Leightner was universally liked, a kid so profoundly sunny that his deeply dysfunctional family stayed together to bask in his aura. Petey was therapeutic. Not so his 15-year-old brother. Jack's nature was more complicated and much darker, even before that shocking day in 1965 when Petey was stabbed to death while Jack stood by, helpless to prevent his killing and guilt-ridden ever since. Now, years later, NYPD Detective First Grade Jack Leightner, Brooklyn Homicide South, learns from an absolutely reliable source that his brother's murder was not the random act of urban violence he'd always assumed. Instead, it had been ordered by the mob. Bizarre, right? Thirteen-year-old kids, especially kids like Petey, do not earn the enmity of the Mafia--unless the hit was a message. In that case, though, meant for whom? Jack won't sleep nights until he gets his answers, and Petey (Kirkus Reviews