Synopses & Reviews
With a heady cocktail of sex, drugs, and murder, gifted storyteller Denis Hamill serves up another gripping whodunit, about a man who must confront his hippie past in order to save his future. Denis Hamill's streetwise novels rack up praise the way some thrillers rack up dead bodies. With Long Time Gone, he unleashes another "entertaining who dunit with some poignant observations about life, love, and loss" (Publishers Weekly). 1969: Anti-war protesters fill the streets, Woodstock becomes the touchstone of a generation, and teenager Danny Cassidy sees his life shattered in a purple haze of drugs and violence. Did he kill the father of Erika, the girl of his dreams? Or was he framed to cover up a far darker crime? Cut to the present: Danny, now a forty-nine-year-old journalist, returns to his old Brooklyn neighborhood for his father's funeral, and one last chance to reclaim the love of his life: Erika. To do this, he must take on the unsolved murder of Erika's father, and put the demons of his past to rest. Capturing Brooklyn at its most edgy and authentic, Hamill moves effortlessly between the sixties and the present, and from the yearning for peace and love to the hard-edged reality of the streets.
The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey) [P]age-turning storytelling....Don't even bother to crack this book unless you have some time on your hands. It's that hard to put down.
Karen Campbell The Boston Globe [An] engaging tale....compellingly well paced and laced with a moderate dose of sex and violence, as well as threads of psychological probings and revelations that go well beyond the scope of routine whodunit fare.
New York magazine [A] vivid picture of the sixties...hazily remembered.
Pete Hamill, New York Daily News Yes, he's my brother, but [Long Time Gone] is a fierce, truthful novel about the way the '60s came to Brooklyn, the wounds inflicted, the scars that never went away. Sometimes appalling, but full of deep human pity.
(Newark, New Jersey)
[P]age-turning storytelling....Don't even bother to crack this book unless you have some time on your hands. It's that hard to put down.
Danny Cassidy couldn't remember if he'd killed the cop.
So begins one man's journey through his fifty-year-old history and conscience in Long Time Gone,
Denis Hamill's gripping novel set in the back streets and alleyways of Brooklyn, U.S.A.
It's the year 2001 when Danny, a divorced journalist, returns to his old neighborhood for his father's funeral. He's spent all of his adult life trying to leave Brooklyn behind him -- along with all the drugs, music, and other psychedelic memories from the sixties spent on Hippie Hill. But now that the box of rain has been opened there's no turning back, and Danny must face some painful truths about the woman he used to love -- and her father, a police officer, whom he may or may not have killed.
By turns a thriller, a detective story, and a coming-of-age tale, Long Time Gone is a bittersweet love letter to a lost New York that no reader will soon forget.
Years after a possible involvement in a man's death at the height of the Vietnam protests and his own drug addiction, a journalist returns to his Brooklyn childhood home in the hope of reclaiming the love of his life. Reprint.
About the Author
Denis Hamill is the author of ten novels, including two previous novels featuring Bobby Emmet--3 Quarters and Throwing 7's, as well as Fork in the Road, Long Time Gone, Sins of Two Fathers, and his Brooklyn Christmas fable, Empty Stockings. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News, and he has been a columnist for New York magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Boston Herald American.