Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn
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In Jahn's telling, there is no quiet, just a nightscape as curiously active as the day. And in the midst of it, he asks us to believe, for two full hours in an apartment complex, an assault and murder takes place, with people awake and aware, watching, disengaged, until they see a courtyard full of blood.
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A compulsively readable debut crime novel inspired by the legendary real-life murder of Kitty Genovese

At 4:00 A.M. on March 13, 1964, a young woman returning home from her shift at a local bar is attacked in the courtyard of her Queens apartment building. Her neighbors hear her cries; no one calls for help.

Unfolding over the course of two hours, Good Neighbors is the story of the woman's last night. It is also the story of her neighbors, the bystanders who kept to themselves: the anxious Vietnam draftee; the former soldier planning suicide; the woman who thinks she's killed a child and her husband, who will risk everything for her. Revealing a fascinating cross-section of American society in expertly interlocking plotlines, Good Neighbors calls to mind the Oscar-winning movie Crash, and its suspense and profound sense of urban menace rank it with Hitchcock's Rear Window and the gritty crime novels of Dennis Lehane, Richard Price, and James Ellroy.


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About Ryan David Jahn

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RYAN DAVID JAHN won the Crime Writers Association debut novel prize for Good Neighbors. Born in 1979, he grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California and now lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Penguin Books. 290 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jun 26 2011

In Jahn's telling, there is no quiet, just a nightscape as curiously active as the day. And in the midst of it, he asks us to believe, for two full hours in an apartment complex, an assault and murder takes place, with people awake and aware, watching, disengaged, until they see a courtyard full of blood.

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