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Murder in Greenwich Village: A Manhattan Mystery    by Lee Harris order for
Murder in Greenwich Village
by Lee Harris
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Fawcett, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Lee Harris writes a tight story with finely tuned characters and action that never seems to stop. Adding Murder in Greenwich Village to her Manhattan Mysteries series, she maintains her reputation as a writer of books that readers don't want to put down or to end.

NYPD detective Jane Bauer and her team are given a ten-year old cold case. They are commissioned to find a cop killer. That particular cop had been working undercover to find the culprits who stole a cache of artillery from an armory. Had he turned bad? Was he found out? Was it just a random shooting, in which he got in the way?

Bauer ends up searching the subway tunnels of New York, trying to find two-footed rats - the four-footed ones abound. These are very chilling scenes and seem too real to be comfortable. From the Village to Queens and wealthy Sutton Place, the clues lead the detective all over New York. Perseverance must be Jane's middle name as she and her team pursue the investigation to its surprising climax.

I have been told that the place of the action can be as much a character as the players. I believe it. Harris has used New York as familiarly as though it were an actor - a very important actor to her plot. This is an exciting book with lots of action, guaranteed to keep readers on the edges of their chairs.

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