BEWARE THE SOLITARY DRINKER by CORNELIUS LEHANE
Worlds within worlds--enter into a very special culture
with unwritten rules...
Brian McNulty, veteran bartender at Oscar's on the Upper
West Side, respects his customer's privacy. And their
space. But when one--a tarnished but innocent young woman
seduced by New York's bright lights and glitter--is
murdered, and another battered innocent charged with
killing her, he reluctantly begins his own investigation.
Brian's enthusiasm for the chase is given a boost with the
arrival of the dead girl's sister, a young business woman
from Massachusetts, equally bent on uncovering the killer.
She's put off by his jaded attitude and offbeat lifestyle,
but comes to rely upon his familiarity with the city's
darker underside. Brian, in turn, enlists the aid of a
cadre of neighborhood cronies. The suspects: all of the
regulars at Oscar's, each with more to hide than the next.
A leftist politcally, a dedicated anti-union man, Brian
learns that when you dig into people's lives, rich or poor,
you find things kept hidden for good reason. By stirring up
these ghosts, you change the shape of the landscape and put
your friends in harm's way. This special first novel comes
wrapped in art work created for it by famed artist Fritz
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