Synopses & Reviews
NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn't even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time.
As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.
Silent City, Carrie Smith's explosive debut, will introduce readers to a brilliant new voice in crime fiction that will grab them and not let go until the very last page and a fearless heroine who they will enjoy for years to come.
"This well-crafted series launch from Smith (Forget Harry) introduces Claire Codella, a New York City detective back on the job after battling lymphoma for several months. Codella, who may look well but is still adjusting to her harrowingly close encounter with death, welcomes the distraction of a bizarre murder case. Someone posed the body of Hector Sanchez, the popular principal of PS 777, a public elementary school on Manhattan's Upper West Side, on his apartment floor to resemble Christ on the cross. With little evidence and plenty of suspects including certain PS 777 parents, teachers, and fellow administrators the detective and her team find that every clue brings new revelations about the public and private life of the man touted as the savior of PS 777, which was a failing school until he took over. Codella's ruminations on death and dying are thought-provoking and never maudlin, providing readers with an insightful glimpse into the emotions and consequences of being a cancer survivor. Agent: Kathy Green, Kathryn Green Literary Agency. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Silent City grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. With a cast of characters whose conflicting interests come together in a seamless tapestry of dishonesty and deception, you'll be guessing until the tense conclusion of this incredibly taut tale. I can't wait to see what author Carrie Smith does next. She's got a new fan."
--Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 Mysteries
The world of New York City school politics takes a deadly turn when Hector Sanchez, the popular principal of an up-and-coming public school, is murdered. Detective Claire Codella catches the high-profile case while she's still struggling to get back up to speed. This is her first case since taking leave to battle cancer.
Still recovering and still fighting to fit back in at the precinct, Codella must contend with a new partner and an old disease to find out who killed Hector Sanchez. As she investigates, she turns up question after question. And finding the answers may cost Codella her life in Silent City, Carrie Smiths gripping crime debut.
About the Author
is the Senior Vice President, Publisher of Benchmark Education Company. Her writing awards include three Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan and a Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan.