Blind Man's Alley
Blind Man's Alley
Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385531061, 480pp.
Publication Date: August 10, 2010
From the author of the Edgar Award–nominated legal thriller A Cure for Night, an ambitious and compulsively readable novel set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.
A concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo has collapsed, hurling three workers to their deaths. The developer, Roth Properties (owned by the famously abrasive Simon Roth), faces a vast tangle of legal problems, including allegations of mob connections. Roth’s longtime lawyers, the elite midtown law firm of Blake and Wolcott, is assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work lands on the plate of smart, cynical, and seasoned associate Duncan Riley; as a result, he falls into the powerful orbit of Leah Roth, the beautiful daughter of Simon Roth and the designated inheritor of his real estate empire.
Meanwhile, Riley pursues a seemingly small pro bono case in which he attempts to forestall the eviction of Rafael Nazario and his grandmother from public housing in the wake of a pot bust. One night Rafael is picked up and charged with the murder of the private security cop who caught him, a murder that took place in another controversial “mixed income” housing development being built by . . . Roth Properties. Duncan Riley is now walking the knife edge of legal ethics and personal morality.
Blind Man’s Alley is a suspenseful and kaleidoscopic journey through a world where the only rule is self- preservation. The New York Times Book Review said of A Cure for Night that “[Peacock] heads toward Scott Turow country . . . he’s got a good chance to make partner.” This taut, topical, and socially alert thriller delivers on that promise.
“Dense, enthralling, complex, and extremely satisfying, Justin Peacock’s BLIND MAN’S ALLEY is an absolutely captivating read from an exceptionally talented writer who know his stuff inside out.”
—John Lescroart, author of A Plague of Secrets
“BLIND MAN’S ALLEY is cunningly plotted and utterly true to contemporary New York life. It covers every level of the city, from the penthouses to the projects, with total authenticity. And its characters are finely drawn – the good ones are never boring in their goodness, while the bad ones are as horrifying as New York produces.”
—Ed Hayes, author of Mouthpiece: My Life In – and Sometimes Just Outside – The Law and New York City barrister “extraordinaire”