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Coney Island Avenue Paperback – March 13, 2017
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Shamus Award-winnerJ.L. Abramo's follow-up to his highly acclaimed novel GRAVESEND is a wild thrillride through his native land--Brooklyn, New York. CONEY ISLAND AVENUE is an emotionally packed chronicleof good and evil, triumph and tragedy and--just below the surface--Abramo'snarrative is a universal tale of fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.
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In ourtop five for best of 2012 is J. L. Abramo's GRAVESEND. This is a remarkablebook that will tie you in knots as you wait to see how it all plays out. A trulyexceptional novel.
About the Author
J. L. Abramo was born in the seaside paradise of Brooklyn, New York on Raymond Chandler's fifty-ninth birthday. Abramo is the author of Catching Water in a Net, winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; the subsequent Jake Diamond novels Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Circling the Runway; Chasing Charlie Chan, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series; and the stand-alone thrillers Gravesend, Brooklyn Justice and Coney Island Avenue.
Abramo's short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, Mama Tried: Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music and Murder Under the Oaks, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology of 2015.
Circling the Runway won the Shamus Award for Best Original Paperback Novel of 2015 presented by the Private Eye Writers of America.
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Coney Island Avenue by J.L. Abramo
Down & Out Books
“My sister’s boy is popping the question.”
“What question is that, why the eggplant is always greasy?”
“He bought a ring for his girlfriend.”
“Jesus, Augie, what kind of uncle are you. Couldn’t you talk him out of it?”
“You’re a hopeless cynic, Tommy. I haven’t met her, but my sister says she seems like a nice girl.”
“They all seem like nice girls, and then they grow up and become their mothers.
Shamus Award winning author J.L. Abramo’s new release, Coney Island Avenue (Down & Out Books), continues the story of the New York Police Department’s Detective Squad in the 61st Precinct, Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., a squad first visited by Abramo in his acclaimed novel Gravesend. Set in the dog days of August, the new novel opens with a multiple homicide, that of the young man and woman referred to above. Their execution is perpetrated by two guys. The first, dressed in a gray business suit, looked good enough that he could pass for a banker. The second, is a big ape in a blue jogging suit, or as his not a banker partner notes, a “goombah outfit,” the appropriate dress for a mob enforcer known as Paulie Bonebreaker. As the Detectives of the 61st begin investigating, more bodies turn up, the crime itself is not all that simple. While that investigation evolves, additional crimes and cases are dropped on the squad. Abramo keeps the story moving in real time, clever dialogue and small rapid fire paragraphs jump us between the various plot lines. The squad is a mix of veterans and squad newbies. Their personal stories, their families or the lack thereof is woven into the narrative. A total of 58 characters appear in the book, from bakers to mob bosses, from Russian criminals to corrupt building contractors, the police and the detectives, through Abramo’s skill we get a sense of each. The story and the members of the 61st Squad are life-like, compelling and believable. As a police procedural, the investigation and procedures followed are spot on, it compares favorably to the best of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. Abramo is an accomplished writer, his West Coast set series about PI Jake Diamond, revived and also available from Down & Out Books is award winning. But Abramo grew up in the Gravesend area of Brooklyn, NY. He knows the streets, the neighborhoods and its people. And he knows police, as this bit from two uniform officers talking while on stationary surveillance…
“I don’t know about you, but I could eat a horse,” he said.
“Pinto or Appaloosa?”
I hope J.L. Abramo is working on other novels involving the 61st Precinct, Gravesend and Coney Island Avenue are both excellent reads. I cannot wait for the next in this brilliant series.
I am grateful to Down & Out Books and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read Coney Island Avenue.
I was all over the boroughs this past week. The day before leaving I told my wife I was going to Coney Island. I wanted to get a first-hand look at the locations that had mesmerized me so much. Some of you may remember that on January seventh New York experienced a snow storm. I was undeterred by the snow and only did not complete my mission due to my wife's insistence.
I demand, plead, and cajole you to read this book. Mr. Abramo knows how to write cops, criminals, and everyone in between.
And I implore him to write another entry in this outstandingly excellent series.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book in return for my honest review.