I found this a brilliantly thought out plot, with gritty realism and imperfect characters. The big fear is that it is all quite terrifyingly plausible. My only criticism is that like so many crime thrillers, the carefully built climax is thrown away just a little too quickly, and there are just a few too many criminal coincidences hung around the necks of the perpetrators. This is just a very minor point though, and doesn’t distract from the fact that this is a well written and provocative thriller. I will look out for other books by this author. – Amazon Reviewer
It’s August in New York, and the steaming garbage littering the streets isn’t the only thing that stinks.
Civilian investigator Leonard Mitchell can keep his job as the new head of the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption only by successfully prosecuting veteran cop Ralph Mulino.
Mulino shot an armed man on a dark night; he didn’t know the man was a fellow cop. Now, to keep his badge and his freedom, he has to make his case to the investigator. But the gun Mulino saw in his victim’s hand has disappeared.
As Mitchell digs deeper into Mulino’s claim, it becomes clear that the “misconduct and corruption” infecting New York City go far beyond the actions of one allegedly dirty cop. Murder and sabotage force Mulino and Mitchell into an uneasy partnership to uncover the truth and protect the city they are both sworn to serve.
Assuming, of course, they can stay alive…
About the Author
Andrew Case is an award-winning playwright and novelist.
His plays have been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, New Theatre in Miami, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, the Gamm Theatre in Providence, and many more across the country. His work has been commissioned and developed by the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Atlantic Theatre, Primary Stages, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and others. He is a member of the Primary Stages Writers Group and PEN America Center, and a winner of the Samuel Goldwyn Award.
Additionally, he is an expert in civilian oversight of police misconduct. His scholarship on police oversight has been published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and Newsweek; he has been quoted on police oversight and reform in the New York Times and many other media outlets.
Follow him at @AClaudeCase or visit his website at AndrewCase.com
He is married to the extraordinary dramaturg and professor Claudia Case (@TheatreHistory) and the father of two spirited children.