With his wife Maxine out of town, Artie Cohen is alone in Manhattan when his nephew Billy Farone is released for a couple of weeks from the young offenders' institution where he has been since he stabbed Heshey Shank to death. Artie is the one Billy wants to come home to, the only person Billy cares about, the man Billy wants to be.
Now a handsome, intelligent and funny boy of fourteen, Billy seems to be cured, to be free of whatever it was – sickness, evil – that made him kill Shank. Artie believes, wants desperately to believe, that Billy is OK. But from the moment a small plane crashes on to the beach at Coney Island, bombs go off in London, and New York is shaken out of the sense that the bad times are over, Artie begins to wonder. There are signs that Heshey Shank's family want Billy locked up for good. And Billy's mother doesn't want him coming home.
Then bodies begin to appear and Artie, up against a brick wall of his own hope and despair, doesn't know what or whom to believe …
Praise for "Fresh Kills"
" This gripping psychological whodunit, the concluding volume of Nadelson's post-9/11 trilogy (after 2006's Red Hook), presents a convincing portrait of New York City in the aftermath of the destruction of the Twin Towers. NYPD detective and Russian émigré Artie Cohen is adjusting to married life when he again becomes responsible for his troubled adolescent nephew, Billy Farone, recently released from juvie. As Billy's parents are abroad, Artie is left to watch over him and help monitor his adjustment to the outside world.
When Cohen's boss, Sonny Lippert, gets a new lead in a very old child murder case, he attempts to drag Cohen away from Billy, with mixed success. Despite indications that Billy's criminal tendencies may not have abated, Cohen labors to defend him to others. The power of the ending will especially resonate for readers of the earlier volumes, but even newcomers will be impressed by the author's uncompromising vision of human frailty and the conflict between personal and professional duty."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review).
‘A nail biter of a thriller that’ll keep you reading to the last word’
‘…Nadelson has written an unusually passionate and sensitive thriller.’
'Nadelson's intelligent crime writing is a joy to read and, for all the horror, her passion for New York in all its mixed-up glory shines through.'
Artie Cohen, the New York City police detective, is trying to relax on the beach and reconnect with his nephew, Billy, who's just been released after serving time in a juvenile prison for stabbing a man to death. But when a plane crashes on the beach, an old murder case resurfaces, and Artie discovers that the family of the man Billy stabbed has plans for the boy, things get very busy, very quickly. This is the seventh Cohen mystery, and as usual, it's a combination of traditional mystery elements and character study. The novel also continues the author's insightful examination of post-9/11 New York.
David Pitt, Booklist