"Well written and fascinating crime thriller"
It has been almost four years since Terry Orr lost his wife
and infant son to a madman's impulse. They died when a
killer threw the baby on a track and his mother jumped down
to try to get him before he was run over by an oncoming
train. She failed. Terry left his career as a writer and
a historian to become a private investigator, hoping that
he will apprehend his family's killer.
In the meantime his housekeeper asks him to find the
daughter of a friend. Sonia Salgado just got out of prison
after serving thirty years on a murder charge. A call to
the assistant district attorney gets him an address, but
when he goes to visit Sonia, he finds her dead. She is the
victim of a homicide that Terry is unable to leave to the
police to solve. He starts his own investigation, making
enemies along the way and putting his own life in danger.
Jim Fusilli captures the effects the events of September 11
has on one family living near Ground Zero so that the
reader knows how New Yorkers felt about that infamous day.
A WELL KNOWN SECRET is a well written and fascinating crime
thriller starring a hero who has suffered tremendous losses
yet still finds the strength to go on. The support cast
adds plenty of color to the city that never quits even
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 2, 2002
Hailed by both the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free
Press as one of the best mysteries of 2001, Closing Time
firmly established Jim Fusilli as a writer to watch and
introduced readers to Terry Orr, his precocious daughter,
Bella, and what The New York Times called "the vital
citizens of Fusilli's gorgeous nightmare of a city." In A
Well-Known Secret, Terry's life is turned upside down while
the city around him reels.
Terry's latest case concerns Sonia Salgado, recently
released after thirty years in prison for the robbery and
murder of diamond dealer Asher Glatzer. When Terry
discovers her battered body in an East Village halfway
house, the ensuing investigation leads him back to the
brutal city of the seventies, where seeds of corruption
were first sown. Terry is soon at odds with an influential
cop harboring family secrets; a smooth-talking Hispanic
civic leader; and Julie Giada, the angel in the DA's
office. At the same time, Terry tries to do right by
daughter Bella while grappling with the memories of his
lost wife and son and a forever-changed New York City.
An "imaginative, daring writer" (Publishers Weekly),
Fusilli delivers another beautifully moody and atmospheric