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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Shamus Award for First Novel

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

John March walked away from his family's merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff — a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, March is back in New York City, working as a private investigator and still running from his grief and guilt. When he takes the case of Rick Pierro, a wealthy investment banker threatened by blackmail, March is swiftly drawn into a web of Wall Street insiders and outcasts, and back to a world he thought he'd left behind. The more he learns about Pierro's connections to a notorious international bank that made billions in blood-money, the darker the terrain becomes. Soon March's own life is in danger, as he follows a trail of blood and shattered lives to a ruthless and depraved extortionist.

In this thrilling and intelligent debut, Peter Spiegelman illuminates the dark underside of the financial world and introduces one of the most compelling fictional detectives of the new millennium.

Review:

"Nothing about this stylish, literate mystery reads like a debut, as Spiegelman handles the complex plot with verve....John March is one of the most intriguing new PIs to come along in quite some time." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Spiegelman makes up an intensely complicated and intriguing plot, at its best precise and suspenseful, at its worst a superfluous muddle....A provocative debut, likely to exercise its film rights." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The characters are believable, the beatings hurt...and good mostly triumphs. Spiegelman knows...how to keep our interest while imparting some financial tidbits, and especially how to keep us turning the pages." Library Journal

Review:

"A stunner....[It] keeps readers in the dark until the very last page. Suspenseful narrative, superb characters, and a prevailing atmosphere of Chandler-esque melancholy...to ask for more in a mystery would be criminal." Newsday

Review:

"[A] surprisingly strong first book....[I]t's a strong whodunit and informs the audience about the consequences of paper shuffling (as opposed to that of, say, vital organs), and so entertains as well." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[T]aut, but flawed....Spiegelman's ambition, and his preoccupation with style, outstrips his depth, making Black Maps more promise than performance." Boston Globe

Review:

"Spiegelman has great timing....A first-rate thriller from a first-rate novelist." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Spiegelman has a fine eye for the details of Manhattan corporate life....An important and facinating book." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Spiegelman knows where the bodies are buried and he knows how to write. Impressive." Jonathan Kellerman

Review:

"Engrossing...from the first growls of its take-no-prisoners narrator, all the way to the vivid financial details that only an insider can deliver." Brad Meltzer

Synopsis:

John March walked away from his family’s merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff–a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, March is back in New York City, working as a private investigator and still running from his grief and guilt. When he takes the case of Rick Pierro, a wealthy investment banker threatened by blackmail, March is swiftly drawn into a web of Wall Street insiders and outcasts, and back to a world he thought he’d left behind. The more he learns about Pierro’s connections to a notorious international bank that made billions in blood-money, the darker the terrain becomes. Soon March’s own life is in danger, as he follows a trail of blood and shattered lives to a ruthless and depraved extortionist.

In this thrilling and intelligent debut, Peter Spiegelman illuminates the dark underside of the financial world and introduces one of the most compelling fictional detectives of the new millennium.

About the Author

Peter Spiegelman worked on Wall Street for twenty years developing software systems for international banking institutions and retired in 2001 to devote himself to writing. He lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033591
Author:
Spiegelman, Peter
Publisher:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00x5.29x.71 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400033591 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nothing about this stylish, literate mystery reads like a debut, as Spiegelman handles the complex plot with verve....John March is one of the most intriguing new PIs to come along in quite some time."
"Review" by , "Spiegelman makes up an intensely complicated and intriguing plot, at its best precise and suspenseful, at its worst a superfluous muddle....A provocative debut, likely to exercise its film rights."
"Review" by , "The characters are believable, the beatings hurt...and good mostly triumphs. Spiegelman knows...how to keep our interest while imparting some financial tidbits, and especially how to keep us turning the pages."
"Review" by , "A stunner....[It] keeps readers in the dark until the very last page. Suspenseful narrative, superb characters, and a prevailing atmosphere of Chandler-esque melancholy...to ask for more in a mystery would be criminal."
"Review" by , "[A] surprisingly strong first book....[I]t's a strong whodunit and informs the audience about the consequences of paper shuffling (as opposed to that of, say, vital organs), and so entertains as well."
"Review" by , "[T]aut, but flawed....Spiegelman's ambition, and his preoccupation with style, outstrips his depth, making Black Maps more promise than performance."
"Review" by , "Spiegelman has great timing....A first-rate thriller from a first-rate novelist."
"Review" by , "Spiegelman has a fine eye for the details of Manhattan corporate life....An important and facinating book."
"Review" by , "Spiegelman knows where the bodies are buried and he knows how to write. Impressive." Jonathan Kellerman
"Review" by , "Engrossing...from the first growls of its take-no-prisoners narrator, all the way to the vivid financial details that only an insider can deliver." Brad Meltzer
"Synopsis" by , John March walked away from his family’s merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff–a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, March is back in New York City, working as a private investigator and still running from his grief and guilt. When he takes the case of Rick Pierro, a wealthy investment banker threatened by blackmail, March is swiftly drawn into a web of Wall Street insiders and outcasts, and back to a world he thought he’d left behind. The more he learns about Pierro’s connections to a notorious international bank that made billions in blood-money, the darker the terrain becomes. Soon March’s own life is in danger, as he follows a trail of blood and shattered lives to a ruthless and depraved extortionist.

In this thrilling and intelligent debut, Peter Spiegelman illuminates the dark underside of the financial world and introduces one of the most compelling fictional detectives of the new millennium.

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