Blood Count by Reggie Nadelson
An Artie Cohen Mystery

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Mid-December 2008. Barack Obama has just been elected; all New York is
ecstatic, especially Harlem. On a freezing night a few weeks later,
detective Artie Cohen gets a late call from his ex girlfriend, Lily
Hanes, begging for his help. Lily has been living at the Louis Armstrong
Apartments, one of Harlem's great buildings, while working on Obama's
campaign; now her Russian neighbor, Marianna Simonova, has died, and
Lily fears she's at fault and needs Artie's Russian connections. Over a
weekend when the city is locked in by snow and cold, with the financial
markets tanking, one after another people at the Armstrong die. Artie,
out of his element, a white detective in a black world, is drawn
inexorably into the realm of Sugar Hill and the Armstrong, where almost
everybody except for the real estate developers seems locked in the

Working to solve the murders, Artie tries desperately to win Lily back. Blood Count

is a murder mystery, a love story, and a tale about New York, race,
real estate, money, and music, with an ending one could never predict.


About Reggie Nadelson

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A journalist and documentary filmmaker, Reggie Nadelson is the author of eight previous Artie Cohen novels: Londongrad, Fresh Kills, Red Hook, Disturbed Earth, Red Hot Blues, Hot Poppies, Bloody London, and Sex Dolls. Comrade Rockstar, her biography of Dean Reed, the American emigre who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is under option to Tom Hanks. Born in Greenwich Village, Nadelson now lives in downtown Manhattan.
Published October 19, 2010 by Walker Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set in December 2008, Nadelson’s ninth mystery featuring Russian émigré and NYPD detective Artie Cohen (after 2009’s Londongrad) shows her at the top of her game.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Artie Cohen, a New York City detective whose youth was spent in the Soviet Union, was raised on tales of the city told by his father, a KGB agent who was entranced by jazz and the vibe of the city.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Detective Artie Cohen, a Russian immigrant himself, is called to help translate a Russian document pinned by knife to a dead body.

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Mysterious Reviews

The case gets even more complicated when he learns another resident died six months earlier, a man who shared the same primary care physician as the dead woman, a Russian immigrant who may have ties to still a third death Cohen is — this time officially — investigating: a man stabbed through the ...

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That time is subjective – like Reggie Nadelson’s earlier Cohen books such as Londongrad, this is a long book, and apparently slow moving, taking chapters to build up the atmosphere of the building and its residents.

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