Brooklyn Secrets by Triss Stein
An Erica Donato Mystery (Erica Donato Mysteries)

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The lack of resolution or care in wrapping up the mystery makes it clear that Stein’s interests lie elsewhere, perhaps in informing readers about the borough’s history. The threads of old Brooklyn, modern menace, and Erica’s own life never quite come together.
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Erica Donato, Brooklyn girl, urban history grad student and single mom, is researching the 1930s when Brownsville was the home of the notorious organized criminals the newspapers called Murder Inc. She quickly learns that even in rapidly changing Brooklyn, Brownsville remains much as it was. It is still poor, it is still tough, and it still breeds fighters and gangs. Doing field research, Erica stops in at the landmark local library and meets Savanna, a young woman who is the pride of her mother and her bosses, and headed for an elite college and a future. A few days later, Savanna is found beaten and left for dead. Her anguished mother is everywhere, insisting someone knows something. After a massive, angry demonstration, a young girlfriend of Savanna’s is found dead, too. Is there a connection? Did perfect Savanna have a few secrets? Erica’s curious. But she’s focused on the 1930s and has located a few women who are happy to share memories. Two are childhood friends who disagree on much but guard secrets, too—ones kept for a lifetime. Never one to resist looking deeper than her research requires, Erica keeps encountering an apparent derelict white man, a vengeful rejected girlfriend, the role of boxing as a way out of poverty, and fading evidence of long-ago crimes.
 

About Triss Stein

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Triss Stein is a small–town girl who has spent most of her adult life living and working in New York city. This gives her the useful double vision of a stranger and a resident for writing mysteries about her ever-fascinating adopted home. Brooklyn Bones is the first in a new series about everyday Brooklyn life, Brooklyn history and Brooklyn crime. She is the author of two earlier mysteries, Murder at the Class Reunion and Digging Up Death, is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and managed the recent Sisters in Crime research study on mystery readers.
 
Published December 1, 2015 by Poisoned Pen Press. 243 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Sep 23 2015

The lack of resolution or care in wrapping up the mystery makes it clear that Stein’s interests lie elsewhere, perhaps in informing readers about the borough’s history. The threads of old Brooklyn, modern menace, and Erica’s own life never quite come together.

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Good
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Dec 21 2015

It has a likable main character and narrative voice for its redoubtable heroine...Triss Stein is a fine story teller with a challenging story to tell, a story that resonates beyond its pages.

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