Closing Time by Jim Fusilli

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It's after midnight and a novice private investigator, out for a late-night run, discovers the battered body of a livery cab driver in downtown Manhattan's meatpacking district. Two days later, he witnesses a bloody explosion at a gala opening at a SoHo art gallery.

Unrelated incidents? Not to Terry Orr. A single father to a remarkable twelve-year-old daughter, Terry is still devoted to his beautiful Italian wife, a painter of immense talent, whose life ended abruptly during a brutal event that also took the life of their infant son. Sparked to action by violence and deception, he begins to understand that he's been given a chance to confront his tragic past by learning the skills of the PI trade, and finding the madman who forever changed his life. And, perhaps, to realize fully what it means to be the father of a young, loving daughter.

But the person who took the life of the cab driver isn't so easy to find, and Terry must chase the killer into the upper reaches of Harlem. Beating back his own demons in both his therapist's office and the basketball courts of Houston Street, he finds that redemption can come in the form of a game of horse with the daughter who views him as a hero. So focused is he on the world's injustices, he can barely see the girl who will do anything for her hurting, tormented father.

With brilliant characters and heartbreakingly raw emotions, Closing Time is a superb mystery from a writer to watch.

About Jim Fusilli

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Jim Fusilli is an acclaimed mystery writer who covers music for the "Wall Street Journal," This is his first book for young readers. He lives in Boston.
Published September 10, 2001 by Putnam Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As one of the few mourners at Brown’s Harlem funeral, he spooks a scarred school kid lurking around into taking off and promptly becomes convinced he’s the key to a case the cops have filed under “Forget.” Meantime, another case has struck closer to home: The gallery of Judith Henley Harper, Mari...

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Orr's investigation of the apparently senseless murder takes him to areas of New York that you won't find listed in The New York Times Guide to New York City --- and it is in these scenes, where Orr places himself in dangers unknown and deadly, that Fusilli really shines.

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Terry cannot help in keeping it personal because the victim was a close friend of his dead wife and he owes her more than he can give her.

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