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By Gabriel Cohen

It's now not the lifeless body--Jack Leightner has visible hundred of our bodies in his travel with the NYPD. it isn't the dank setting--the slim banks alongside Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. So why does the sight of the fatally stabbed younger guy make the detective nearly faint within the canal's tangled weeds?

Jack does not comprehend why he turns into keen about this low-priority case, why he permits it to jeopardize his occupation or even his existence. in particular because the research attracts him precisely the place he does not are looking to pass: into the guts of pink Hook. The local is Leightner's undesirable dream, scene of his bothered formative years and a bad mystery.

The position additionally compels Jack's estranged son Ben, a tender documentary filmmaker eager about its historical past. The Hook has been domestic to dockworkers and drug purchasers, Al Capone and Joey Gallo, an enormous public housing undertaking, and one of many nation's maximum ports. Ben desires to discover why the once-thriving waterfront group has develop into a stunning ruin--and why it has broken his circle of relatives. In Gabriel Cohen's gripping first novel, this unusual terrain is the place Jack Leightner needs to search his personal redemption--and even, possibly, the salvation of purple Hook itself. greater than a criminal offense tale, pink Hook is a deep and sympathetic exploration of the mysteries of human nature, the curse and advantages of kin, and one unforgettable position.

 
Red Hook is a 2002 Edgar Award Nominee for top First Novel.

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By no means. ” “I heard assorted. ” “Man, he was once a pussy. All he ever sought after used to be chiba. That’s all. ” “How a lot did he owe you? ” Mallow shook his head. “I don’t provide credits. I don’t have the muscle to assemble. What am I gonna do, ship my mothers over to their condo? ” He rubbed his arms opposed to his thighs. “Listen, man—I deal a bit smoke, possibly a number of grams of blow. That’s it. Don’t attempt to pin a few homicide factor on me, alright? ” “Where have been you Sunday morning? Say, from 8 A. M. to midday? ” “I used to be on Staten Island all weekend, guy. I went to determine my daughter. ” “Are you mendacity to me, Mallow? ” “No, sir. I swear it on my mothers. ” “Yeah, she’s genuine trusty. ” “My ex-wife’s complete kin used to be there, mister. Her mothers, her sisters, her cousin…It used to be a birthday celebration for my daughter. ” Shit. Jack could name to examine, however the alibi sounded stable. He sighed. “I’ll let you know what I’m gonna do. I’m no longer gonna take you in instantaneously. You or your mom. ” the reality used to be narcotics bust most likely wouldn’t have held up in courtroom, contemplating the way in which he and his accomplice had won entry to the residence, yet Mallow and Co. couldn’t be certain of that. “But i need you out in the street each goddamn moment, listening for any observe approximately who may have killed Tomas Berrios. Here’s my card—you name me when you listen whatever. depart a message if I’m now not in. ” Jack leaned in until eventually he used to be inches from Mallow’s face. “And if I ever listen that you’re nonetheless dealing, or that you simply had something to do with the Berrios homicide, something, I’m gonna individually get back right here and ensure you and your mami leave for 100 years. “You keep on with me? ” Mallow shook his head, dazed at his success. “Right now, I’m gonna want mobilephone numbers for everyone who used to be at your daughter’s birthday. ” Daskivitch whistled in disbelief as they settled again into the auto. “A day like this, it quite does much to your religion in humanity. ” Jack sighed. The day hadn’t performed a lot for his religion in cracking the case both. yet he grew to become to his companion and grinned. “Egg salad and chips. ” Daskivitch shook his head and began the engine. “You wanna get a few dinner? ” Jack acknowledged. “I gotta get domestic. The wife’s looking forward to me. ” “How lengthy you been married? ” Daskivitch scratched the part of his colossal sq. head. “Actually, it used to be quite a few months when we labored that case within the Gowanus homes. ” “Things going solid? ” “Yeah. i admire it much. I’d hate to be unmarried back, I’ll inform you that. ” He winced. “Uh, sorry. You’re divorced, correct? ” Jack nodded. “So, you seeing anyone, or what? ” Jack sighed. “I get out at times. ” seven SHEILA DIXON became AFTER she opened the door. “I’m simply completing whatever at the computing device. There’s wine—help your self. ” Jack watched her small determine stride down the corridor towards the again of her Brooklyn Heights condo. It was once after ten P. M. He’d dropped Daskivitch off on the Seven-six, eaten a few eggplant parmigiana at an Italian position close to the station house…He’d felt silly calling Sheila so spur of the instant, yet she didn’t appear to brain.

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