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Rookie Chicago detective David Beckman investigates the shooting deaths of five people during a snowstorm, one of whom was a controversial Jewish rights activist in the 1970s. - (Baker & Taylor)

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*Starred Review* This superb novel sets its stage expertly, in a couple of paragraphs. Five dead bodies are sprawled on a subway platform. The two investigating detectives are introduced. They're not fond of each other, and another stock item in the genre thuds into place. One victim is Jewish, so the cops are off to interview a Nazi, and the reader who thinks an old-fashioned procedural is coming is dead wrong. It's here that the story pauses for a discussion. Was Charles Manson like Hitler? Further on we get a biography of a Polish death-camp survivor. It's okay to wonder, what the heck? but don't stop reading—this is scaffolding for the working out of a murder scheme as touching as it is sinister. The glitzy stuff is here: cocaine and gorgeous hookers, machine pistols and satchels of big bills. The detective work is a brilliant mix of plodding and intuition. One tiny out-of-place gesture, noticed and remembered, keeps the detectives asking questions after officialdom has decided—wrongly—that the case is closed. That happens sometimes. Fine writing and storytelling from the author of the equally strong Get Maitland (2011)—this is a beauty. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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