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Absent friends
S. J. Rozan
Adult Fiction ROZAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

New York City Fire Capt. James McCaffery is a hero to everyone who knew him, and many who didn't, even before his death at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of that awful day, "New York needs heroes," as one character puts it. So it's particularly upsetting to the people McCaffery grew up with on Staten Island when a newspaper reporter suggests he may have been linked to organized crime and a shooting that happened exactly 22 years earlier. On September 11, 1979, Mark Keegan, a childhood friend of McCaffery's and most of the other characters in this rich, beautifully written book, killed a local mob boss's stepson allegedly in self-defense and later died in prison. Ever since, someone has been financially supporting Keegan's wife and young son, Kevin. The benefactor turns out to be McCaffery, but why? And where did the money come from? Rozan is a wonderful and insightful writer, and she creates an intricate, intimate portrait of a group of 40-something New Yorkers coping with a city in ruins. But the small mystery of Mark Keegan and Jimmy McCaffery cannot help paling in comparison to the larger evil perpetrated on 9/11, and the scope of the author's canvas multiple perspectives and far too many flashbacks makes the story more convoluted than it deserves to be. Nonetheless, the book powerfully articulates the mix of heartbreak, anger, helplessness and resolve of New Yorkers after 9/11. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Oct. 5) Forecast: The winner of Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Shamus awards, Rozan is the author of Winter and Night (2002) and other titles in her Bill Smith/Lydia Chin mystery series. With blurbs from Dennis Lehane and Lee Child, this strong stand-alone should help break her out as a mainstream crime writer. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In a break from her popular Lydia Chin-Bill Smith mystery series (Winter and Night), Rozan grapples with the aftermath of 9/11 as it affects a group of longtime friends. Fire Capt. Jimmy McCaffery had died a hero, evacuating people from the World Trade Center. But his postmortem reputation is tarnished when reporter Harry Randall accuses him in a newspaper article of using a mob connection to funnel money to the wife and child of his best friend, Markie Keegan, after Markie's death in prison. Shortly after the article appears, Randall jumps off a bridge, motivating his lover and fellow reporter Laura Stone to prove that it was not suicide but murder. A well-told suspenseful tale with fully developed characters, Rozan's first standalone is also a haunting examination of the nature of friendship, truth, and heroism. Highly recommended for all general fiction collections. [See interview with Rozan, LJ 4/1/04, p. 39; see Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/04.] Michelle Foyt, Russell Lib., Middletown, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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