Buried on Avenue B

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Buried on Avenue B

Format:  Hardcover,

308 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jul 2012

ISBN-13: 9780061373558

ISBN-10: 0061373559

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When a home health attendant, Paulette Williamson, appears at Homicide South in Manhattan, she's introduced to the NYPD's Detective Darlene O'Hara and skeptically reports the confession of a senior citizen struggling with Alzheimer's. Gus Henderson, a former junkie and petty criminal, claims he murdered and buried his former partner-in-crime in a park off Avenue B more than a decade ago, a lowlife who fell off the grid and hasn't been seen since. The city agrees to excavate the alleged scene of the crime, and the police find a body--just not the one they were looking for.

The cops unearth the skeleton of a ten-year-old boy, neatly dressed and buried ceremoniously with a comic book, a CD, some pot, and booze. Instead of an easy open-and-shut case, O'Hara is faced with finding the murderer of a child, and the pressure is on the newly promoted detective to prove herself. The trail takes O'Hara from the seediest corners of the city and its cast of misguided players--a coven of preteen potheads in Tompkins Square Park, a sleazy art house photographer in Chelsea--to a retirement community in South Florida.

Driving headlong into the dark urban underbelly to find a killer, O'Hara uncovers a tribe of criminals who brazenly prey on the weakest members of the population, and she must stop the cycle before yet another child is lost to the depths of the city.


Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jul 2012
ISBN-13: 9780061373558
ISBN-10: 0061373559
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 308
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780061373558


Review by Library Journal (2012-06-15)

Gus, a former junkie and petty criminal, and now an Alzheimer's patient, confesses to have killed and buried his old partner in an East Village community garden off Avenue B 17 years earlier, but instead homicide detective Darlene O'Hara (Shadows Still Remain) uncovers the skeleton of a ten-year-old boy. The body is in an advanced state of decomposition, yet it was carefully buried within the last few weeks with an odd array of mementos. Having access to the fringe community of New York's Lower East Side, O'Hara sets off in search of the street urchin's killer.

Verdict: The author's hard-drinking, hard-living protagonist returns in a second edgy investigative thriller, which comes full circle in a stunningly creative manner. His hard-boiled prose and urban slang transports readers of serious crime fiction through gritty, harsh scenes populated with colorful characters Another stellar read from de Jonge-or as O'Hara would say, "Avenue B's friggin' amazing!"

[See Prepub Alert, 2/5/12; library marketing] - Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A home nurse shows up at Homicide South and reports a confession to NYPD Detective Darlene O'Hara. Gus Henderson, a former junkie suffering from Alzheimer's, claims that 17 years ago, he murdered his partner and buried him in a park on Avenue B. When the police reluctantly agree to excavate, they find a body—just not the one they were looking for.

The cops unearth the skeleton of a young boy, neatly dressed and buried ceremoniously. O'Hara must now find the murderer of a child, and the trail leads from the seediest corners of the city to a sleepy retirement community in Florida.

Driving headlong into the urban underbelly, O'Hara uncovers a criminal tribe who preys only on the weak, but can she stop the cycle before another child is lost?

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