Black Maps by Peter Spiegelman
(John March Mysteries)

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John March walked away from his family’s merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff–a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, March is back in New York City, working as a private investigator and still running from his grief and guilt. When he takes the case of Rick Pierro, a wealthy investment banker threatened by blackmail, March is swiftly drawn into a web of Wall Street insiders and outcasts, and back to a world he thought he’d left behind. The more he learns about Pierro’s connections to a notorious international bank that made billions in blood-money, the darker the terrain becomes. Soon March’s own life is in danger, as he follows a trail of blood and shattered lives to a ruthless and depraved extortionist.

In this thrilling and intelligent debut, Peter Spiegelman illuminates the dark underside of the financial world and introduces one of the most compelling fictional detectives of the new millennium.

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About Peter Spiegelman

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Spiegelman is the Shamus Award-winning author of Black Maps (Knopf, 2003), Death's Little Helpers (Knopf, 2005), and Red Cat (Knopf, 2007), which feature private detective and Wall Street refugee John March. Mr. Spiegelman is a twenty-year veteran of the financial services and software industries, and has worked with banks, brokerage houses and central banks in major markets.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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After foregoing a lucrative position at the helm of his family’s bank to become a sheriff’s investigator, only to lose everything after shooting the serial killer who murdered his wife, John escapes to Manhattan to do private work for friend and lawyer, Michael Metz.

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The memo implies that twenty years ago Pierro was involved with Gerard Nassouli, the mastermind behind the illegal set-up: "In the letter [addressed to] Emilio Dias, who had apparently been the treasurer and CFO of Textiles Pan-Europa ...

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In Peter Spiegelman's debut novel, the author introduces John March, a former small town police officer from upstate New York, and working as a private investigator in New York after a devastating loss.

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John Marsh is a private detective with a lot of emotional baggage.

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A delight of another sort is the protagonist, his troubled background, and his current relationships, particularly with his siblings, some of whom continue to try to draw him into a sinecure in the family business, even as others of them call him a determined loser to his face, all on display at ...

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